Deputy speaker raps MPs, ministers, deputy ministers for not attending Parliament sitting.
“I’m very disappointed. You guys must be here. Postpone your other engagements and attend Parliament sitting,” said an angry Junaidi.
He also reprimanded government ministers and deputy ministers for being absent, saying, ”Your job is to the country, not party.”
Umno is currently having its annual general assembly at the PWTC. The assembly started yesterday and is scheduled to end on Saturday.
As of 10am, only Agriculture and Agro-Based Deputy Ministers Chua Tee Yong and Johari Baharum were seen present at the Dewan Rakyat.
Earlier, Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him raised Standing Order 13, after noticing many MPs were absent from Dewan Rakyat.
Standing Order 13 stipulates that Dewan Rakyat sitting could only be called if there was a minimum quorum of 26 MPs, excluding the Speaker.
“I understand that Umno general assembly is going on but we need to have enough quorum in the House,” said Sim.
At this juncture, Tebrau MP Teng Boon Soon stood up and said that there no point accusing government backbenchers of being absent when there many absentees from the opposition as well.
This sparked a heated argument in the Hall among government and opposition backbenchers till Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran and Sim urged Junaidi to make decision on the matter after calling for a second bell.
The deputy speaker rang the bell again for about two minutes. More MPs then entered the Hall and the minimum quorum was reached.
“This is a lesson to all of us. Make sure you guys [MPs] stay in the Dewan,” said Junaidi.