Thursday 28 Sep 2023
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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 23): Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (BN-Baling) was ejected from the Dewan Rakyat this morning for unparliamentary behaviour and suspended for two days.

During the morning session, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (BN-Padang Terap) sought to table a motion to debate the controversial dissemination in schools of a comic titled, "Belt and Road Initiative for Win-Winism".

Speaker Datuk Seri Mohamed Ariff Md Yusof rejected Mahdzir's motion as the Education Ministry is investigating the matter. Moreover, the ministry has now disallowed the comic's distribution in schools.

Mahdzir maintained that the book had to be banned as they were still in circulation.

RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) then told Mahdzir to accept the Speaker's decision.

"Do not [do] the Speaker's work, let him (the Speaker) do it. Shut up and sit down," Azeez told Rayer.

Mohamad Ariff then told Abdul Azeez to retract his remarks, particularly "shut up and sit down", as it was deemed to be unparliamentary.

Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) then echoed Mahdzir's view that the book should be banned.

When Mohamad Ariff reiterated that his decision was final, Abdul Azeez retorted that his decision was unfair as he said the Speaker had not requested Rayer retract his use of the word "stupid" during debates on Tuesday.

Rayer then proceeded to retract his remarks immediately.

Despite this retraction, Abdul Azeez and other opposition legislators continued to jeer.

Mohamad Ariff told Abdul Azeez to retract his comments. "I have asked the honourable Jelutong to retract his comments, but I heard you say the word unfair.

"Retract this now. If you use those words again, I will eject you from the chamber," said the Speaker.

Following another heated exchange, Mohamad Ariff instructed the sergeant-at-arms to escort Abdul Azeez out even though the latter maintained he had retracted his statement.

He then pronounced a two-day suspension on the Baling MP, until next Tuesday (Oct 29).

Parliament normally sits for four days, Monday to Thursday. Next Monday is a public holiday because of Deepavali.

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