Debate-shy MP issue closed, says Nancy

KUCHING: Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri said Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs from Sarawak did not want to prolong their disagreement with Parliament deputy Speaker Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

Her reason is that prolonging the debate-shy issue in public would not be healthy for the state.

Last week Junaidi offended these BN MPs when he told local media that the state BN MPs were among the least active when it came to speaking in parliament, thus had very low rate of involvement during debates.

After days of rather acrimonious media statements between Junaidi and several of the offended MPs, Nancy yesterday said the disagreement between them was over.

She said there was no actual quarrel between state BN MPs and Junaidi, the Santubong MP who made the stinging remarks.

It is over. There is no quarrel anyway. It is just that we have to do our job by responding (to Junaidis opinion), Nancy said when met at a hotel here after a state BN meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

She was responding to query if the BN MPs would indeed be taking action against Junaidi for his opinion which many interpreted as stinging remarks or a sweeping statement.

Nancy also said that they had not met and talked with Junaidi over the issue.

As far we are concerned we have done our job as we have responded to his opinion. It is not healthy (for the state) to continue to talk about the issue, she said.

Nancy said Junaidi had expressed his opinion and she had also expressed hers, therefore the issue is over.

On Tuesday Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud defended the state BN MPs, saying that actions speak louder than words.

He said there were better things for the MPs to do besides just talking in parliament.

Taib, who is state BN chairman, said he was quite happy with the overall performance of the MPs.

The MPs, he explained, were more concerned in going to the ground and addressing the needs of their constituents like bringing projects to them.

He said one had to understand that Sarawak BN MPs faced more obstacles than their Peninsular Malaysian counterparts given that they had to travel in difficult conditions over great distances and this was very physically exhausting and expensive.

Earlier on Monday Junaidi said he would not apologise to anyone for his opinion because it was based on facts. He said he acknowledged that BN MPs from Sarawak were offended by his statement. However he still agreed that their attendance in parliament was impressive.

To those who are offended by my statementthe door to my office is always open, he stressed.

Last Friday Nancy came out with her initial response, saying she and her colleagues were unhappy with Junaidis sweeping statement because their respective constituents might now think that they were very ineffective as MPs. She threatened to gather the state BN MPs to discuss what action to take against Junaidi.

the borneo post online news.

confirmed. all our MPs are still breathing, alive and kickin’ :mrgreen: