Abdul Karim gets Chong to retract statement on SS

Sarawak Legislative Assembly Sitting, November 2017

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KUCHING, Nov 16: Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen has been taken to task by Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah for making an imputation against state secretary Tan Sri Mohd Moshidi Abdul Ghani, with the episode ending with Chong retracting his statement.

Abdul Karim moved a motion to suspend Chong, who is also state DAP chairman, for using the word ‘gratification’ while debating the State Budget 2018 on Nov 10.

Referring to Mohd Morshidi, Chong said on Nov 10 while debating the State Budget 2018 that: “I am wondering what the state secretary is doing. Why you keep them sitting in your office doing nothing? Are you waiting for these applicants to come approach you to give you gratification for what you are supposed to do?”

Abdul Karm said the word “gratification” was used “in the criminal laws of Malaysia including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 (Act 694) and the Penal Code to describe acts of dishonesty and abuse of power”.

“Kota Sentosa has exceeded his privilege of freedom of speech and contravened Standing Order 32(6) that no member shall impute improper motives to any other member or make any statement or allegation which the said member is not ready to substantiate as well as Standing Order 20(1)(m) by casting adverse imputation on the character or reputation of a person who is unable to defend himself in the Dewan,” said Abdul Karim.

He thus moved that unless Cbong retracted the statement, Chong be suspended from the service of the House for the remaining duration of the session.

Abdul Karim’s motion was seconded by Semop assemblyman Abdullah Saidol.

Chong, in face of the motion, first of all pointed out that there was no Standing Order 20(1)(m) which Abdul Karim was willing to amend the motion and quoted Standing Order 20(2)(m) instead.

After Abdul Karim agreed to amend the motion, Chong agreed to retract the statement.

However, Chong pointed out that it did not change the fact that there are many who have submitted their applications for citizenship for years, yet the applications were still “sitting” in the office of Mohd Moshidi. — DayakDaily