Teng's BlackBerry blunder sparks BN walkoutA text-message via BlackBerry urging exco members to promote the Selangor government's successes, sent out by state assembly speaker Teng Chang Khim, has angered BN representatives.
They accused him of bias before a majority of them staged a walkout today.
It is understood that the text-message was mistakenly sent to former exco member Hasan Ali, and later found its way into the hands of BN assemblypersons who said this was evidence that the speaker was not acting impartially.
The text-message reads: 'This is possibly the last winding-up session for exco, opportunity should be fully used to talk about our successes in the last last four years like what (Kota Anggerik state assemblyperson) Yaakob (Sapari) is doing now.'
The issue was raised by Mohd Shamsudin Lias (BN-Sungai Burong) during the sitting this morning and the text-message was subsequently read out by Mohd Isa Abu Kasim (BN-Batang Kali) who demanded an explanation from Teng.
"How can we debate if the speaker is biased? He has abused his power to influence the debate issues," Isa said.
"The speaker has deceived us all this while. He claims he is fair but he is not, we demand that he apologises to the House."
However, Teng refused to apologise and urged Isa to move a motion against him, if he disagrees with this.
This led to seven of the 10 BN state assemblypersons walking out of the chamber.
This is the second time a Pakatan Rakyat speaker of a state legislative assembly has been accused of bias, the first being V Sivakumar of Perak.