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April 8, 2010

‘Umno-Apco’ jibe ‘paralyses’ House

Christine Chan and Hazlan Zakaria
Apr 7, 10

The Dewan Rakyat was adjourned abruptly today following the pandemonium brought by a motion to refer Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar to the Rights and Privileges Committee for chanting “Umno-Apco”.

NONEMahfuz’s troubles began soon after he chanted “Umno-Apco” several times to rile up his colleagues during the block voting of the Supplementary Budget Bill 2009.

In reaction, Kuala Kurau MP Ismail Mohamad Said responded by tabling a motion to refer Mahfuz to the Rights and Privileges Committee for insulting Umno.

The motion was passed by the BN MPs amidst howls of protest from the Pakatan Rakyat bench.

Pakatan MPs then joined in on the “Umno-Apco” chants prompting deputy speaker Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar to adjourn the sitting for 15 minutes to calm the situation.

It applies only to Pakatan MPs

As soon as proceedings were resumed, chaos ensued as Pakatan MPs posed a barrage of questions at Wan Junaidi.

Among others, the Pakatan MPs pointed out that Wan Junaidi had quoted a different Standing Order to the one used by Ismail to table the motion.

In a tit-for-tat move, Tian Chua (PKR-Batu) quoted the exact words used by Kuala Krau to move a motion against Mohamad Aziz (Umno-Sri Gading) who at one point also uttered “Umno-Apco”.

However, Wan Junaidi dismissed this because he said that it was not insulting for an Umno member to use the term.

“It is the insinuation and innuendo of the phrase that is important,” said Wan Junaidi, adding that the opposition MPs could table a motion against the speaker’s ruling if they are unhappy.

At one point, Khalid Samad (PAS-Shah Alam) tried to secure a ruling on whether “Umno” and “Apco” could ever be uttered in the House, to which Wan Junaidi ignored.

‘House uncontrollable’

Later, Khalid and Mahfuz both said that “Apco” cannot be considered a bad word because the federal government had commissioned the company to do public relations work.

After about an hour of rowdy arguments and chanting, Wan Junaidi adjourned the session until tomorrow.

Speaking to reporters later, Wan Junaidi said he had just witness the saddest day in Parliament’s history, adding that the opposition was unruly and uncontrollable.

“We cannot function, we cannot do our work – that means that the Parliament is paralysed by the actions taken by the members, so the best course of action is to adjourn (the House),” he said.

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