2 July 2019
1 July 2019
ISKANDAR PUTERI, July 1 — Johor state assembly Speaker Suhaizan Kaiat has today rejected an emergency motion by the Opposition chiding Labis MP Pang Hok Liong, who had earlier questioned the legality of two vehicle number plates used by the royal house.
The emergency motion was filed by Johor Opposition Leader Datuk Hasni Mohammad (BN-Benut) at the state assembly, in response to the question by the federal lawmaker in the Parliament sitting in Kuala Lumpur.
In his written question, Pang had asked Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook whether the “TMJ” and “RZ” plates were registered with the Road Transport Department, and whether they were valid and the vehicles bearing those plates can remain on the road.
The “TMJ” is used for vehicles owned by the Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Ibrahim. The plate denote the Malay initials for his post, the Tunku Mahkota Johor.
Meanwhile, the “RZ” plate is used by the queen consort, Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah, bearing her initials.
In the state assembly, Hasni had accused Pang of allegedly insulting the royalty, and attempted to raise the matter in the state assembly.
Suhaizan said despite the matter being important, there was no urgency to allow the emergency motion.
“It will be addressed by the Johor mentri besar or the relevant state executive councillors during their winding-up speech,” he said.
Pang’s written question in the Parliament has not yet been answered by Minister Loke.
Johor opposition state assemblypersons are livid with a DAP MP for questioning in parliament if two car number plates used by the state’s royalty are registered with the Road Transport Department (RTD).
Accusing Labis MP Pang Hok Liong of insulting the royalty, Johor opposition leader Hasni Mohammad attempted to raise the matter in the state assembly today by submitting an emergency motion.
Pang had questioned if the number plates “TMJ” and “RZ” were valid, and if not, are vehicles with these plates allowed to be used on the roads.
The “TMJ” number plate is used by Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim while “RZ” is used by the Johor Permaisuri Raja Zarith Sofiah.
Speaking at a press conference later, Hasni criticised the speaker’s decision not to allow a debate on the issue.
“It is hard for us to accept that it is not urgent when it involves the royal institution,” he added.
Hasni pointed out that there are provisions in the Johor assembly which prevented elected representatives from debating the conduct of the royalty.
“I believe the Dewan Rakyat would have similar rules. So we are asking how can this question be approved,” he added.
Pang’s question was listed as number 40 in the Dewan Rakyat order paper and the federal government would have to respond in a written reply. There was no debate on the matter.