Speaker blocks debate on AG Gani Patail

In a letter to Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, Dewan Rakyat secretary Rosmee Hamzah said that oral questions posed at the House should not be based on hearsay and insults.

G Vinod, FMT

Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai’s application to submit an oral question to debate on the allegations contained in the controversial book “Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail Pemalsu, Penipu, Penjenayah” was rejected by the Dewan Rakyat.

In a letter to Tan, Dewan Rakyat secretary Rosmee Hamzah said that any questions at Parliament should not be based on hearsay and insults.

“Standing Order 23 (1) C states that oral questions should not be based on prejudice, slander, praises, insults, confusing terms or any issue which is trivial,” said Rosmee.

A copy of the letter was also sent to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia and Home Ministry secretary Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi.

In August, former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisory panel member Robert Phang challenged Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail to deny the allegations made in the book authored by Zainal Abidin Ahmad.

The book lists details on Gani’s alleged criminal acts ranging from abuse of power, corruption to other criminal acts.

“I challenge the MACC and the police to probe the allegations made against Gani by the author,” Phang was reported saying.

He also lodged a police report against Gani.

Gani has come under fire from various quarters over the years, with even former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahim calling Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to establish a tribunal to investigate the alleged wrong-doings of the AG.

The former policeman alleged that Gani had tampered with evidence during the Sodomy I trial in 1998 involving former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim.

“I believe Zainal, by himself, is unable to prove Gani’s wrongdoings. But I can, and am able and ready to prove the allegations against Gani, in particular with regard to the falsification and fabrication in the investigation of the black-eye incident that is being debated until today,” Mat Zain reportedly said.