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Countdown begins for Kit Siang to apologise to Pandikar

DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has between now to 11.30am today to apologise to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia for his disparaging remarks against the latter.

If the Gelang Patah Member of Parliament fails to do so, it will pave the way for Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said to move a motion to suspend him.

“Lim has time to retract his statements because the motion is now merely a notice in the parliamentary schedule,” said Azalina.

She said whoever made the remarks on Monday had ample time to apologise or make a retraction. Her notice to table the motion was made at 3.45pm on Wednesday.

She said the Speaker, at 4.20pm, had told Lim to make the retraction after the emergency motion on haze was made. He left the building at 4.30pm, before which Lim told reporters that he stood by what he said.

Azalina said Lim is an experienced politician and was duty-bound to be in parliament during its sitting.

“I was at the lounge, he also could have contacted Pandikar and spoken to him personally,” she said, adding that it was still Pandikar’s prerogative to accept the apology.

“Today’s proceedings is quite simple, he (Lim) can explain himself between now and the time I stand up to read the motion.

“And if the speaker accepts what he has to say, the government is happy to withdraw the motion.

“It is now between him and the Speaker,” Azalina said.

“When the notice of the motion was on the table, the opposition insisted it was not fair because Gelang Patah was in the house. “But Gelang Patah did not explain himself.

And I heard very clearly the Speaker mention that he can explain himself after the motion on haze. “So for me, the best thing to do was to wait after the haze motion was debated and explain himself,” she said.

Azalina added that with the available technology, the message could have easily been passed on.

Lim had said on Monday that Pandikar was abusing his powers by ruling that Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) could not continue its ongoing probe into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) following the transfer of four PAC members to the Cabinet.

Pandikar had demanded that Lim apologise and retract his statement against him.

He said Lim had accused him of among others “abusing” his powers to “sabotage” PAC investigations into 1MDB.

On Wednesday at around 4pm, Pandikar asked the media to convey to Lim that if he does not apologise unconditionally and retract his remarks, a motion will be brought against him.-nst

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