Perak Sate assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar (DAP-Tronoh) did not allow Datuk Seri Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar (BN-Kubu Gajah) from being the first speaker to debate a motion of thanks on the royal address clearly display of excessive egoness and power hunger.
Ironically, power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it. The exercise of power by one human being over another is uniquely fraught with the effects of fallenness. Any exercise of power must be driven by a desire to recover the original benevolent intentions. The power the DAP politicians acquired has made them corrupt.
V. Sivakumar is the first Indian speaker in the country. Regardless of how powerful the speaker may be, the earlier decision made by the deputy speaker should be honored and the disrespected manner should be condemned to the strongest degree.
All 28 Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen staged a walkout, led by state BN chairman Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali, as a show of protest after Speaker V. Sivakumar did not allow Datuk Seri Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar (BN-Kubu Gajah) from being the first speaker in a debate here yesterday.
Earlier, Raja Ahmad Zainuddin had stood up and asked that he be allowed to debate a motion of thanks on the royal address at the end of the question and answer session.
Sivakumar, however, allowed Chang Lih Kang (PKR-Teja) to be the first speaker instead.
Raja Ahmad Zainuddin protested, saying that Deputy Speaker Hee Yit Foong had, on Wednesday, promised that he would be the first speaker.
A shouting match ensued with accusations hurled at the speaker for not honoring the earlier arrangement.
At this juncture, Tajol Rosli stood up and asked the speaker to either allow Raja Ahmad Zainuddin to debate, or the BN state assemblymen would stage a walkout.
When the request was turned down, Tajol Rosli immediately walked out of the hall, followed by other BN assemblymen.