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Abdullah should personally respond in Parliament to the two RM10 salary cut motions during the debate on the 2006 Budget estimates for Internal Security Ministry – one against the Inspector-General of Police and the other against Noh Omar
by Lim Kit Siang
The two RM10 salary cut motions will make Malaysian parliamentary history as never before had two RM10 salary cut motions been proposed in Parliament for anyone single Ministry during the ministry-by-ministry scrutiny of the annual budgetary estimates.
The RM10 salary cut motion is important not on the amount of money involved but as a parliamentary censure debate for the sins of omission or commission of the subject of the salary cut motion. The debate on these two motions will be either tomorrow evening or Tuesday.
The first RM10 salary cut motion against the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Mohamad Bakri Omar will be moved by DAP MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok while I will move the RM10 salary cut motion against the Deputy Internal Security Minister, Datuk Seri Noh Omar.
It will be most ridiculous for either one of the two Deputy Internal Security Ministers, Noh Omar and Chia Kwang Chye, to reply on behalf of government in the two RM10 salary cut motions, as both are under a cloud of censure. Chia Kwang Chye was severely criticized in Parliament in October for his "parrot-like" answer giving the same word-for-word reply to questions asking for a progress report in the implementation of the 125 recommendations of the Police Royal Commission in the previous five months – as if time had stood still and nothing had happened vis-à-vis the 125 recommendations during the preceding five months.
It would be a crying shame if the Parliamentary Secretary to the Internal Security Ministry is entrusted with the responsibility to reply to the two RM10 cut motions – as it would mean a grave lack of government seriousness about police reforms.
I am sure Abdullah is aware of growing criticisms that he is not doing justice as Minister for Internal Security and Minister of Finance apart from being Prime Minister, as he could not give adequate time and attention to these two major ministries to ensure that they are given proper leadership and guidance to effect reforms.
Abdullah's appearance in Parliament to personally respond to the two RM10 salary cut motions during the 2006 Budget committee stage debate on the Ministry of Internal Security will be a test whether he could do justice as Minister for Internal Security by appearing in Parliament to provide leadership of the Ministry and accept parliamentary responsibility for the police force.
Abdullah should give a report to Parliament on three specific and important matters:
Abdullah should report to Parliament whether he has set in motion to effect, "within days", amendments to the Lockup Rules and the IGSOs (Inspector-General's Standing Orders) to bring them "in line with the best practices in human rights-aware countries such as the European Community and England".
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman