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The Dewan Rakyat on Thursday passed a motion to set up a committee to investigate a complaint by Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) on acts of contempt of the House.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the committee is headed by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia as chairman and his deputy Datuk Dr Ronald Kiandee as deputy chaiman.

The other members are Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (BN-Bintulu), Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn (BN-Alor Gajah), Datuk Nancy Shukri (BN-Batang Sadong), R. Sivarasa (PKR-Subang), Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) and Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar (PAS-Tumpat), Mohamed Nazri said while tabling the motion in the Dewan Rakyat sitting here.

He said the committee could take appropriate action under the Houses of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952.

“The setting up of the committee was done under Standing Order 80A to investigate the complaint by the member from Bukit Gelugor,” he said.

Earlier, Pandikar Amin rejected a motion by Karpal Singh for the Speaker to issue warrants of arrest under Standing Order 26(1)(P) for two individuals who were involved in stopping him from entering the Parliament building in the afternoon.

Karpal Singh asked for the arrest warrants to be issued for Serdang Umno Youth chief Ungku Mat Salleh and Gombak Umno Youth chief Megat Zulkarnain Omardin and that both be brought to the House to show cause why they should not be imprisoned under Section 11 of the Houses of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952.

He said the matter was based on Standing Order 26(1)(P) along with the special privileges of members of parliament as the incident happened in the Parliament compound when he was attacked by a group of Umno Youth members when he arrived at the tower block to attend the sitting.

At 2.30pm, 15 Selangor Umno Youth members obstructed the DAP chairman from entering the building demanding that he apologise for accusing the movement of sending him bullets.

The situation was tense for 15 minutes between the Umno Youth members and several DAP MPs including Karpal Singh’s son Gobind Singh Deo who is Puchong MP.

Pandikar Amin said Standing Order 80A was proper and he had received notice from Mohamed Nazri on the matter.

“As Speaker I have thought of this and I have to take firm action on what happened. My decision is final. The ruling asked for under Standing Order 26(1)(P) does not apply.

“This is because I cannot issue an arrest warrant on a person who has not been tried,” he said.

Mohamed Nazri when met by reporters in the lobby said the committee will meet as soon as possible before the sitting ends.

“When it meets it will make a decision which will be tabled in the House,” he said.

Asked if the committee will discuss about a public inquiry, Mohamed Nazri said: “They will do what is necessary, including calling those involved (including) the police. After that they need to make a decision.”

He said the committee had power to fine a guilty person a maximum fine of RM1,000.

— BERNAMA