: A PAS MP’s action in raising a disturbing question about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's golf session with President of the United States Barack Obama has drawn flak from Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs at the Dewan Rakyat, today.
Dungun MP Wan Hassan Mohd Ramli has questioned the cause of the delay by Najib to visit flood-prone areas during the Q&A session at the Parliament. This has created a furore of sorts among the other BN MPs.
Deputy Home Minister, Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar described Wan Hassan’s remark as an attempt to create 'suspicion' against the PM.
The act was also repeatedly reprimanded by Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Datuk Ismail Said who said that he had violated the Standing Order 24(4) in using the Parliament's Q&A session to highlight irrelevant issues.
“Dear Honorable Dungun MP ... what connection has this to the floods? Regulation 24(4) states that questions must not be used as an excuse for a debate.
"During the Q&A session, we must solely focus on Q&A … don’t touch on sensitive issues which will lead to the other members of the Dewan to raise unnecessary questions about the meeting.
Wan Hasan’s action has also drawn criticism from several BN members who claimed he had abused the ‘Standing Order 36 (6)’ for harboring ill-intention towards Dewan Rakyat members.
During one instance, Wan Hasan questioned the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Datuk Seri G.Palanivel about the golf activity with the US President while several States in the East Coast were devastated by fierce floods.
"When the Sultan of Pahang visited Cameron Highlands, he was angered as the minister was absent during the visit,” he said.
Najib had joined Obama in Hawaii in for a round of golf in December 2014. The PM had reportedly said that he never meant to ignore the flood faced by the country as polemicised by a certain quarters recently.