KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat session today got off to an eventful start, with DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Gelang Patah) ejected from the hall and suspended for six months.
Lim was issued his marching orders by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia after the former continued to cause a disturbance during Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's bid to table the electoral redelineation report.
Pandikar Amin exercised his power under Rule 44 (3) of the Standing Order after Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said called for a motion for Lim's suspension.
Lim had refused, several times, to leave proceedings despite having been ordered by Pandikar Amin to do so.
Pandikar Amin reminded MPs present that a recent Federal Court decision ruled that the courts have no jurisdiction in matters related to redelineation as only Parliament has the power to decide on the matter.
"If (the redelineation) report is tabled in Dewan Rakyat, it is the responsibility of Dewan Rakyat to pass or reject the motion.
"Any decision to reject or withdraw the motion can only be decided by us (Parliament). Not the courts," he said.
Pandikar Amin was reminding not only Lim but also DAP Klang MP Charles Santiago who tried to raise the issue of subjudice in the tabling of the redelineation motion.
Santiago claimed that such tabling would be subjudice as there were a few related ongoing court cases.
Lim had joined in a chorus with Santiago and a few other opposition MPs in protesting the tabling of the redelineation motion.
After the expulsion order was issued, Pandikar Amin temporarily adjourned proceedings to ease the tension and to allow Lim to leave on his own accord.
*Reports by Mohd Anwar Patho Rohman, Meor Riduwan Meor Ahmad, Adib Povera, Mohd Iskandar Ibrahim, Hidir Reduan, Ahmad Suhael Adnan and Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi