KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia might have erred in ruling that any questions related to the US Department of Justice (DoJ) was sub judice, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
The Pagoh MP said it was unfair to bar lawmakers to speak on the issue that many regarded as affecting national interest.
“As much as I respect him — and he is the Speaker and when the Speaker rules we will have to accept, ‘yes Mr Speaker’, because he is always right — but to be fair to be public, because the public wants to know.
“You can’t go back and say ‘Speaker said cannot speak’,” Muhyiddin told reporters outside the Dewan Rakyat this afternoon.
Muhyiddin said it would be difficult for MPs to explain to their constituents on the nation’s issues or even raise related questions if a such a ruling exists.
“MPs have to have the freedom to address it and speak their mind and members of the government have to respond because what we talk about are matters of serious concern, so how can you say shut up? Don’t talk because it is sub judice?
“So I’m not too sure whether this in accordance to the practise of Parliament,” he said.
Parliamentary discussion on DOJ’s ongoing lawsuit to seize assets linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd were tantamount to sub judice, Pandikar ruled on Monday.
He then said that ministers need not respond to questions on the topic.