BY JENNIFER GOMEZ AND YISWAREE PALANSAMY
JULY 18, 2013
Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, who revealed in Parliament the identity of the supplier of the indelible ink and linked him to the leadership of the Election Commission, will repeat his statement outside the parliament where there is no immunity.
Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia rejected a motion to refer Rafizi to the rights and privileges committee but advised the MP to repeat the allegations about the EC chairman and deputy chairman outside Parliament.
Rafizi stood up and said he will do it.
He added that he will also file a motion to discuss the matter in Parliament, as suggested by the speaker.
Earlier, Kepala Batas MP Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican moved to refer Rafizi to the committee because the EC chairman had denied the link. This, he said, was in an article reported by Elizabeth Zachariah in The Malaysian Insider yesterday.
He said given the denial by the EC chairman, the allegation by Rafizi can be seen as misleading the House.
Reezal also said that this will allow the chairman and deputy chairman who were not in the house to defend themselves against the allegations.
Pandikar, however, rejected the motion, saying it should have been done at the first opportunity, when the Pandan MP made the statement, not after two days had lapsed.
The speaker also said that Rafizi’s statement cannot be seen as misleading as there were no opposing facts.
Pandikar also noted that before making the statement, Rafizi had asked for the name of the supplier to be revealed. – July 18, 2013.