News 19 Apr 2018
The Speaker may order any member whose conduct is highly disorderly or repeatedly violates the Standing Orders to withdraw immediately from Fijian Parliament for a period of time that the Speaker decides, being no more than the remainder of that sitting day.
Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni for the first time since Parliament sat in 2014 exercised her power to suspend a Member of Parliament for part of a day.
Yesterday National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad was shown the yellow card and suspended from Parliament for 10 minutes after trying to raise a point of order.
Under Section 75 of the Standing Order of the Republic of Fiji: “The Speaker may order any member whose conduct is highly disorderly or repeatedly violates the Standing Orders to withdraw immediately from Parliament for a period of time that the Speaker decides, being no more than the remainder of that sitting day.’’
Dr Luveni had to stand and raise her voice to get the attention of Mr Prasad and the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Dr Luveni announced twice: “This is not a point of order.”
The issue arose when Opposition NFP MP Parmod Chand had questioned what Government was doing on the cost of Fiji Link flights to Labasa and said Fiji Link is a monopoly.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum responded that the competition did exist against Fiji Link and that was from Northern Air, the owner being a former NFP candidate.
He said it was irresponsible for Mr Chand to say there was a monopoly on that route and that Opposition were there for their personal agendas.
This was when Mr Prasad had raised a Point of Order and said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum should stop accusing the Opposition of personalising issues in Parliament.
Mr Prasad stressed, that his colleague, Mr Chand was raising an important question in Parliament, and needed clarification from the Minister responsible.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum reminded the Speaker that when she makes a ruling and say it’s not a point of order, the Honourable Member cannot say that it’s a point of order.
“He is not a Speaker, the Speaker has said it is not a point of order, and while he is sitting down he is saying it is a point of order: who is he to say that?
“When Madam Speaker said it is not a point of order, you are not the Speaker. Get it right.”
Source: Fiji Sun