Sarawak opposition leader Chong Chieng Jen was today suspended from attending the rest of the current state assembly sitting after he refused to withdraw his motion, which among others, had alleged that the state government had misled the house into approving an additional RM250 million for projects.
Speaker Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nasar had asked Chong to withdraw the motion after claiming the accusation was unfounded and unsubstantiated, but the latter refused and stood by his allegation.
“I am giving you a second chance to withdraw the motion, otherwise, I will ask a state minister to move a motion to suspend you,” he told the DAP assemblyman.
Second Minister of Finance Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh then moved a motion which was seconded by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg.
Chong, who is also Sarawak DAP chairman and Bandar Kuching federal lawmaker, left the chamber in protest.
Speaking to reporters later, he said the suspension was something he did not expect.
“Nevertheless, my motion still stands in the Hansard,” he said.
In his motion, Chong said that out of RM905.9 million approved for minor projects in 2015, only RM655.9 million was used to implement 11,878 projects.
He claimed the rest of the sum, amounting to RM250 million, has obviously gone missing and not accounted for.
“In other words, this august house has been misled by the state executive into approving an additional RM250 million for minor projects the year 2015,” he said.
The state assembly’s sitting, which started today, will end on November 30.
Source : The Malay Mail Online