According to Malaysiakini, Dewan Rakyat speaker and former Perak Menteri Besar, Ramli Ngah Talib, rejected the motion to debate the RM4.6 billion bailout of Port Klang Free Zone. Predictably, the motion was put forward by Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang.
“The government is looking into the matter and as such there is no need to debate it in Parliament,” said Ramli in disallowing the debate.What the hell kind of excuse is that?
This is the Parliament we're talking about. Surely you don't mean that Parliament 'need not' debate anything as long as the govt is looking into it? Does this mean the govt is free from Parliamentary scrutiny as long as it's 'looking into' the matter? Perhaps it's the govt's 'looking into' that needs to be scrutinised, eh?
As Speaker of the House, Ramli Ngah should be ensuring that any matter of national interest and public concern gets a fair airing in the Parliament. Why is he acting as a first line suppressor of critical debate, rather than a moderator of a fair and effective parliament? [Okay, okay... I guess I know why. He's an UMNO gorilla after all. Hmmm, maybe that explains why he can't finesse a better excuse... you know, what with all that chest thumping, walking on their knuckles etc].
First he screws up Perak, now he's screwing up Parliament. Going on to bigger and better things, I see.