Monday, February 16, 2009

COMMITTEE OF PRIVILEGES

Under The Standing Orders of the State Legislative Assembly of Pahang 1965, the Committee of Privileges is formed and formulated according to S/O 70 which read as follows:-

70. (1) There shall be a Committee to be known as the Committee of Privileges to consist of Mr Speaker as Chairman and six (6) members to be appointed by the Assembly as soon as may be after the beginning of each session. There shall be referred to this Committee any matter which appears to affect the powers and privileges of the Assembly. It shall be the duty of the Committee to consider any such matters to them referred, and to report on them to the Assembly.
(2) Whenever the Assembly is not sitting a member may bring an alleged breach of privilege to the notice of Mr Speaker who may, if he is satisfied that a prima facie breach of privilege has been committed, refer such matter to the Committee, which shall report thereon to the Assembly.
(3) The Committee shall heve the power to send for persons, papers and documents, and to report from time to time.

In Bahasa Melayu the Committee is known as Jawatankuasa Hak dan Kebebasan.

What actually are the duties and function of the Committee? What are matters “which appear to affect the powers and privileges of the Assembly’?

In the recent development in Perak, the MB and Exco members were summoned to appear before the said Committee for accepting their respective posts.

Is accepting the post of MB and Exco prima facie affect the powers and privileges of the Assembly?

It appears to me the alleged breach of privilege is frivolous and vexatious and an abuse of the process by the DAP ADUN who lodged the complaint and an act neighbouring stupidity in Sivakumar the Speaker to accept the complaint and to convene the sitting of the Committee.

Did I hear them say that Sivakumar is a lawyer?

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