KUALA LUMPUR — March 27, 2018: The tabling of the Election Commission’s redelineation report will proceed as scheduled in the Dewan Rakyat tomorrow even though it is being challenged in the courts by the Selangor and Penang governments.
This is because Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia does not see the tabling and debate on the report as subjudiced to the opposition which had brought their objections on the redelineation to the courts.
“Isn’t this democracy? You agree to disagree. Everyone has an opinion. That is the view of others, mine is different. When I say subjudice sometimes it is applicable to certain cases.
“If subjudice is applicable to a case like this, it means the Dewan Rakyat cannot do anything. So for me, separation of powers is to let Parliament do its work, the courts do theirs, the executive theirs,” he said after an event at Parliament House today.
Prior to this, several MPs had asked Pandikar to postpone tabling of the report pending the outcome from the courts.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is scheduled to table the report. It requires only a simple majority of 112 votes to be approved. It will then be brought to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for his consent to be gazetted and used in the 14th general elections.
Pandikar described the three DAP MPs who were suspended from the House since Monday as unethical, as they continued to challenge his decision outside.
But Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham (Beruas), Nga Kor Ming (Taiping) and V. N. Sivakumar (Batu Gajah) need not be referred to the Parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee as they had been given the chance to apologise before the decision was made.
The three are suspended for 10 days for insulting Pandikar and Parliament after their motion on March 6 was rejected by Pandikar. — Bernama