Backbenchers’ Club Chairman Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad Quits

Shahrir quits BBC over rejection of integrity motion

KUALA LUMPUR: It was a morning of high drama in Parliament today (May 4, 2006) when the rejection of a motion by opposition leader Lim Kit Siang sparked the immediate resignation of Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad (BN-Johor Baru) as Backbenchers Club (BBC) chairman.

Shahrir, who had supported the motion to refer an integrity issue involving an MP to the rights and privileges committee, quit because backbenchers did not back him in the vote.

He said he supported the motion to defend the integrity of MPs and Parliament.

His abrupt decision to quit caught MPs by surprise when he walked out of the House to announce his decision to reporters in the lobby about half an hour after the sitting began at 10am.

This was followed by impromptu media conferences by BBC deputy head Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Aziz, as well as other backbenchers, urging Shahrir to reverse his decision.

At the start of the question and answer session, Lim moved a privilege motion, quoting a newspaper report in which an MP was said to have allegedly asked the Customs and Excise Department to "close one eye" in a case involving the import of sawn timber in Malacca.

He suggested for the case to be referred to the parliament's rights and privileges committee.

His motion was supported by Chong Eng (DAP-Bukit Mertajam) but did not go down well, understandably, with government MPs such as Raja Ahmad (BN-Larut) and Datuk Mohamad Aziz (BN-Sri Gading) who stood up to oppose.

Shahrir, however, decided to support Lim's motion, saying Parliament is capable of managing itself and to protect its integrity, the committee should investigate and not some other external bodies.

Speaker Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib then put the motion to vote and it was subsequently rejected because almost all government MPs present did not consent to it.

Immediately after the motion was defeated, Shahrir walked out of the House and talked to the reporters to explain his decision.

[More at: Sun2Surf via Shahrir-UMNO.com]

Huzzah! Shahrir Samad for PM! But then he needs to re-enter UMNO back. Haiyooo…

Stephen Colbert's satire roasts Mr. Bush. Hope Shahrir cajones boils those pusillanimous MPs' arses.

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3 Responses to “Backbenchers’ Club Chairman Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad Quits”

  1. mooke Says:

    why does he need to reenter UMNO back? he only resigned as the BBC’s chairman.

  2. daftsavant Says:

    For one Barisan Nasional BackBenchers Club (BNBBC) is not a political party per se. They serve as a platform for Members of Parliament and the rakyat to correspond in order to improve the quality of service provided by Members of Parliament to the people who they represent. Barisan National is coalition of the ruling party, and UMNO is part of it.

    He, Shahrir Samad did quit from UMNO during Tun Mahathir reign. He was one of the youngest-cabinet ministers ever in 1982 but was dropped after the bitter 1987 party polls. He stepped down as Johor Bahru MP and won back the small election for Johor Baru parliamentary seat in August 1988 representing catch-all party (Parti Bebas berlogo Tiga Kunci) against BN candidate the late Cikgu Mas’ud Abdul Rahman. He won 63.57 votes, with 12,595 majorities. In 1986 when he won for BN, he only garnered 12,235 votes.

    Remember Tun Haji Mohd. Salleh Abas? Read his book Kebebasan Kehakiman ~ Singa di bawah takhta dijerat (satu kezaliman) [1989]. In October 1988, Shahrir Samad objected to take the oath of office in front of Speaker Zahir Ismail because of his [the Speaker] role in the tribunal to remove of then the Lord President Tun Salleh Abas (Ketua Hakim Negara) by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. He’s in every bit a controversial figure in the political world in the 80’s.

    In UK, I was/is the secretary of Kelab UMNO Newcastle, and funnily enough I’m still registered as one today. Every now and then they [UMNO] will claim it’s not a political party, merely a club for the [Malay] students or [Malay] Malaysian PR to gather for social purposes. What I did was, I [we] channelled the allocated funds directly to Balai Malaysia Newcastle for their [Malay] community project. Better than wasting those funds on Golf Tournament like they always does, bah!

  3. mooke Says:

    *puzzled*

    shahrir samad bertanding kerusi johor bahru di bawah parti apa?

  4. daftsavant Says:

    Independent party (Parti Bebas berlogo Tiga Kunci). From MGG Pillai's UMNO, the political party, is not UMNO, the nationalist movement:

    In the Johore Bahru [1987] byelection, when UMNO Baru warlord, Dato' Shahrir Samad, stood as an independent but with strong support of the old UMNO adherents, the present Prime Minister, Pak Lah, told me at that time that when the two processions met at the crossroads before the nomination station in Johore Bahru, tears came to his eyes, for he saw two UMNO processsions where the two parties had met. It goes without saying that it was the independent who won. It is UMNO the political party that rules, and Dato' Shahir joined the party afterwards, and remains in Parliament as UMNO Baru MP.

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