KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 – The Dewan Rakyat Speaker has reminded members of parliament to take on a mild approach when debating, and not get too emotional, to prevent untoward incidents. Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia gave this reminder in light of an incident in which Sepang MP Mohamed Hanipa Maidin fainted during the Dewan Rakyat sitting yesterday.
“I am serious on the matter…yesterday’s incident should serve as a lesson as before I took on this post in 2008, I did not have hypertension or other diseases but in 2012, I had to undergo an operation. So, take this seriously as we (MPs) hold heavy responsibilities for the people when debating in the people’s interest, do it moderately and do not get emotional, resulting in sickness so much so that we cannot carry out our duties,” he said.
He said this today, before commencing the debate session on the Dangerous Drugs (Special Measures) (Amendment) 2015 bill at Dewan Rakyat here. Yesterday, Mohamed Hanipa was rushed to the hospital about 5.30pm after he was found unconscious when the Dewan Rakyat proceeding was adjourned for 15 minutes. Earlier, he was engaged in a lively debate with Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin on the Companies 2015 Bill.