Gobind says Speaker should have let him defend himself
Monday, 16 March 2009
By Lee Wei Lian and Adib Zalkapli (The Malaysian Insider)
KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 – Gobind Singh Deo, who was suspended from parliament for 12 months for accusing the deputy prime minister of being involved in the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu in parliament last week, says that he cannot accept the punishment without being given the chance to defend himself.
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Last week, YB Gobind stands up in Parliament and demands that Najib explain his involvement in the Altantuya murder. When Najib ignores him and leaves the hall, YB Gobind shouts at Najib, calling him a murderer.
That in itself is shocking - that an MP would call the DPM a murderer to his face in public!
Now he has been summarily suspended for a year without given the chance to defend himself at all. Not allowed a Parliamentary trial, or debate on the motion, or to be referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee.
He was not even allowed to open his mouth at all! Why so desperate to shut him up?!
What's the real issue here?
BN being unfair to PR? Definitely! Always have!
Proper Parliamentary procedures being ignored? Of course! More so with Najib in charge.
BN ganging up on PR? Sure! But then what's new, hey? The Opposition is used to it.
Punishment does not fit the crime? Maybe...but then, it was a bit over to call Najib a murderer! Without proof, some more.
Aaaahhh....But therein lies the answer!
Yes, there is plenty of circumstancial evidence linking Najib to the Altantuya murder. There may even be some hard evidence. But in both the criminal trial and RPK's sedition trial, these have been strongly suppressed by the judge, prosecution and witnesses - the very ones who are supposed to expose the truth!
What do these cases have to do with Gobind's outburst?
Given that proof of Najib's involvement has been thwarted at every turn, I would say that Gobind's outburst in Parliament was not a brash and angry reaction at all - but a bold and calculated move.
Why? Because the real issue here is not that YB Gobind made a shockingly rude remark when he called Najib a murderer. The issue is not even that the BN is over-reacting and being unfair to the PR reps.
Surely YB Gobind knows such shocking words will draw strong reactions in Parliament and that there would be consequences - a debate of the motion to suspend him at least, as is the normal practice!
If that happened, YB Gobind would have been given a chance to justify WHY he was NOT WRONG to call Najib a "murderer" - meaning he now has the opportunity to bring up points and evidence that were suppressed in the two trials. And YB Gobind would have gotten away scot-free for whatever he said because of his Parliamentary Immunity.
In such a scenario, who wins? Who loses? It's very clear!
So of course - YB Gobind had to be chopped off at the legs! No chance at all for him to speak, because that would be his chance to pounce on Najib. That was why he was not even allowed to open his mouth for one second. Shut him up right away and kick him out.
It's all about political attack and defence, and the political survival of the top dog. To hell with laws!
Malaysia has truly descended from the rule of law into the law of the jungle under Najib!
Ladies and gentlemen supporters of UMNO/BN - this is YOUR Prime Minister that YOU have chosen!