Speaker warns MPs against unparliamentary conduct


By Saman Indrajith

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, yesterday, warned MPs to avoid unparliamentary language and actions which would bring Parliament into disrepute.

Making a special statement at the commencement of sitting, the Speaker said that some opposition MPs had misbehaved in the chamber the previous day shouting that there had been no proper Second Reading of the debate on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment) bill. The MPs’ allegations were baseless, the speaker said.

They challenged the Chair and even used unparliamentary language.

"I state that I followed the usual procedure in passing a bill with regard to the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment) bill.  The bill had been passed properly. I checked the Hansard report and it showed that the due process had been adhered with regard to the passage of the bill in the second reading stage.

"I emphasize to the MPs to act prudently and in a disciplined manner in the chamber hereafter and check the facts before raising allegations and accusing others. I also warn them not to resort to unparliamentary conduct which would be against the dignity and decorum of parliamentary traditions.

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