Study meaning of
parliamentary precinct and introduce long-term vision
Media Statement by Tan Seng Giaw
propose that the parliamentary House Committee study the real meaning of
parliamentary precinct and introduce a long-term vision and plan to
increase the precinct to over 300,000 square meters. This is to prepare
for the future.
I proposed it in the House on 13.12.2007, when the Minister at the Prime
Minister's Department Dato' Seri Haji Mohamed Nzari was winding up the
debate on the Constitutional Amendment Bill to increase the salaries of
Speakers and their Deputies in the Senate and Dewan Rakyat.
On 11.12.2007, the police arrested some people including the former Deputy
Minister Datuk Mustapha Ali at the parliament building. We believe this is
contempt of parliament.
Nazri argues that only in the House (the chamber) that the police could
not act. This is unacceptable. Parliamentary immunity should be in the
precinct, not just the chamber. This arises from the doctrine of the
separation of powers into the legislature, the judiciary and the
The House Committee or a special Select Committee should study in detail
whether parliament means the chamber only or the whole precinct. It is
time that this is made clear.
Parliamentary precinct must be extended. There are plots of land behind
the existing parliamentary building. These should be acquired as part of
the long-term vision and plan for parliamentary precinct which should be
more than 300,000 square meters.
*Tan Seng Giaw, DAP Deputy Chairman & MP for Kepong