AN MP caused a scene in parliament yesterday when he refused to be silenced after complaining that no action had been taken against another member who allegedly insulted him in February last year.
Parliament woman and child committee chairman and legislative and legal affairs committee vice-chairman MP Anas Buhindi refused to sit down and continued to demand action, even after his microphone was cut off by parliament chairman Ahmed Al Mulla.
This is the fourth time since the incident that Mr Buhindi has disrupted parliament.
“This is not the time for your problems. We opened a probe months ago and it was chaired by second vice-chairman Abulhaleem Murad. You refused to accept the decision and took the issue to the Public Prosecution, so it is being dealt with there not here,” said Mr Al Mulla.
Mr Buhindi continued shouting, without his microphone, demanding respect as a representative of the people.
“I am silencing you because the topic is not listed on schedule, so sit down or else I will take disciplinary action, first by having you escorted out,” said Mr Al Mulla.
“It is an order to sit down and be quiet; there are important issues that we need to address here.”
Mr Buhindi’s complaint is against parliament secretary general Abdulla Al Dossary, who he reported immediately to police for allegedly insulting him during a gathering in February last year.
Mr Al Dossary was fined BD50 by a court which he paid, but Mr Buhindi lodged an appeal against him.
Meanwhile, a debate on findings of a probe committee on free visa workers was postponed for a week on a written request from Labour and Social Development Minister Jameel Humaidan, who is currently abroad.
Parliament voted on two urgent proposals to issue a statement on International Day for Persons with Disabilities that fell on Sunday and another congratulating Mr Al Mulla for receiving the Excellence Award from the Arab Parliament Union on Monday, which also saw a celebration in which cake was brought in by MPs in his honour.