Speaker Leaves After Argument Over Petronas Assets Seizures

Kota Belud MP insists on a date to discuss issue saying it is matter of national sovereignty

An argument between Member of Parliament Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (Kota Belud-Warisan) and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun resulted in the latter leaving Parliament and replaced by his deputy.

The heated argument between Azhar, or popularly known as Art Harun and Isnaraissah was sparked by the rejection to debate the seizure of Petronas assets by self-proclaimed Sulu Sultanate descendants.

Art Harun had refused the motion submitted stating that the matter had been discussed at length in the last Dewan Rakyat sitting.

Azhar denied there was a conflict of interest on the matter as his brother Idrus Harun was the present Attorney-General, saying that “I don’t even speak to him about work.

“And if anything happens in the Dewan Rakyat which will touch on issues related to him, I will exclude myself from making a decision. Therefore, that is my decision on this.”

Isnaraissah however continued to call for the issue to be debated, stating that it is a matter of national sovereignty.

The argument went on for another 20 minutes before Azhar decided to walk out of the sitting, where he was relieved by Mohd Rashid Hasnon.

Argument Goes On

Mohd Rashid, who is also the Batu Pahat MP also failed to control the heated argument, as Isnaraissah refused to buck down and demanded a date to be set to debate the issue.

“This is the third time I have submitted this motion to be tabled, but it has been rejected all three times. This is about the sovereignty of the country. 

“I demand for the speaker to give me a date for this motion to be accepted and debated. Give me a date!” Isnaraissah said in the middle of Energy and Natural Resources Minister Takiyuddin Hassan’s speech.

As Isnaraissah continued to speak up, Rashid ordered for her to be ejected from the House for two days.

However, she refused to leave while several Pakatan Harapan lawmakers formed a human barricade around her preventing the Sergeant-at-Arms (Bentara) from escorting her out.

Mohd Rashid later retracted his ruling after more and more MPs calls for the decision to be rescinded.

Last week, London-based Financial Times reported that the lawyer of the so-called Sulu heirs had seized two of Petronas subsidiaries – Petronas Azerbaijan (Shah Deniz) S.à r.l. and Petronas South Caucasus S.à r.l. – which was reported to be worth more than USD2 billion (RM8.87 billion).

In its reply, Petronas said that it believed that the actions taken against it as “baseless” and that it is “working vigorously to defend its legal position on this matter.”

Meanwhile, de-facto Law Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the cabinet had agreed to set up a special task force to examine, monitor and formulate appropriate legal action to address the issue.

The task force, which will be led by Wan Junaidi, will also comprise Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Attorney-General and international arbitration experts.

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