Decision on Khir and four others next tuesday

From: Bernama

SHAH ALAM, May 12 (Bernama) — Five Selangor assemblymen, including former menteri besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, were today called by the state assembly’s Rights and Privileges Committee to give their statements and make their defence against allegations.
Committee chairman Teng Chang Kim said four of them were called for making statements attacking the Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (SELCAT), hence questioning the rights and privileges of the assembly.
Another assemblyman was accused of not being present as a witness at a SELCAT public hearing and issuing a statement which touched on its integrity, said Teng (DAP-Sg Pinang), who is also the state assembly Speaker, to reporters after the hearing this morning.
SELCAT had called witnesses to appear before a public hearing in March this year on the sponsorship funds channelled to the Association of Wives of Selangor Assemblymen and Members of Parliament (Balkis), which was disbanded in March last year.
Besides Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, the other assemblymen called today were Datuk Marsum Paing (BN-Dengkil), Mohd Isa Abu Kasim (BN-Batang Kali), Datuk Mohamed Idris Abu Bakar (BN-Hulu Bernam) and Datuk Warno Dogol(BN-Sabak).
The Rights and Privileges Committee is made up of Amirudin Shari (PKR-Batu Caves), Hannah Yeoh (DAP-Subang Jaya), Gan Pei Nei (PKR-Rawang), Dr Shafie Abu Bakar (PAS-Bangi) and Wong Koon Mun (BN-Kuala Kubu Bharu).
Teng said the five accused had finished giving their statements and the committee would meet again on Tuesday to prepare a report on the enquiry and make recommendations.
The report will be tabled at the next state assembly sitting and to be endorsed by the assembly for implementation.
Asked on the kind of punishment to be meted out if the assemblymen were found guilty, Teng said they could be asked to apologise, issued a warning or suspended without pay.
He said the hearing was made after SELCAT reported the matter to the Rights and Privileges Committee.
Dr Mohd Khir, when met after the hearing, said: “I’m not allowed to speak about what happened today.”
M. Athimulan, one of the seven lawyers representing the five assemblymen, said he had advised his clients not to make any comment on the hearing.
Asked why Dr Mohd Khir was not allowed to speak on the matter, Athimulan said: “If he discloses anything that transpired at the hearing which was held closed-door, he is committing an offence.”

SHAH ALAM, May 12 — Five Selangor assemblymen, including former menteri besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, were today called by the state assembly’s Rights and Privileges Committee to give their statements and make their defence against allegations.

Committee chairman Teng Chang Kim said four of them were called for making statements attacking the Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (SELCAT), hence questioning the rights and privileges of the assembly.

Another assemblyman was accused of not being present as a witness at a SELCAT public hearing and issuing a statement which touched on its integrity, said Teng (DAP-Sg Pinang), who is also the state assembly Speaker, to reporters after the hearing this morning.

SELCAT had called witnesses to appear before a public hearing in March this year on the sponsorship funds channelled to the Association of Wives of Selangor Assemblymen and Members of Parliament (Balkis), which was disbanded in March last year.

Besides Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, the other assemblymen called today were Datuk Marsum Paing (BN-Dengkil), Mohd Isa Abu Kasim (BN-Batang Kali), Datuk Mohamed Idris Abu Bakar (BN-Hulu Bernam) and Datuk Warno Dogol(BN-Sabak).

The Rights and Privileges Committee is made up of Amirudin Shari (PKR-Batu Caves), Hannah Yeoh (DAP-Subang Jaya), Gan Pei Nei (PKR-Rawang), Dr Shafie Abu Bakar (PAS-Bangi) and Wong Koon Mun (BN-Kuala Kubu Bharu).

Teng said the five accused had finished giving their statements and the committee would meet again on Tuesday to prepare a report on the enquiry and make recommendations.

The report will be tabled at the next state assembly sitting and to be endorsed by the assembly for implementation.

Asked on the kind of punishment to be meted out if the assemblymen were found guilty, Teng said they could be asked to apologise, issued a warning or suspended without pay.

He said the hearing was made after SELCAT reported the matter to the Rights and Privileges Committee.

Dr Mohd Khir, when met after the hearing, said: “I’m not allowed to speak about what happened today.”

M. Athimulan, one of the seven lawyers representing the five assemblymen, said he had advised his clients not to make any comment on the hearing.

Asked why Dr Mohd Khir was not allowed to speak on the matter, Athimulan said: “If he discloses anything that transpired at the hearing which was held closed-door, he is committing an offence.”

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by BL on May 20, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Khir Toyol, this is not act of revenge. But you are so silly that you ajak orang suspend you. Serves you right! As an opposition, please lah give constructive criticism. Jangan main-main. Kalau nak main, pergilah Disneyland, of course at your own expense ya!!! Do you know there is still a lot of poor rakyats out there? saje lah dah suspense, apa bising bising. sibuk je

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