Thursday, 4 May 2006

Shahrir quits as BBC chief in a huff


KUALA LUMPUR 4 MAY : Backbenchers Club (BBC) chairperson Shahrir Abdul Samad announced his resignation abruptly outside Parliament this morning.

Earlier, Shahrir who is also Johor Bahru MP, had walked out of the House after his fellow backbenchers did not join him in supporting Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang’s motion to refer a member of parliament to the privileges committee.

The MP concerned, whose identity was not disclosed, was reported to have allegedly asked the Customs and Excise department to ‘close one eye’ in a case involving the import of illegal sawn timber in Malacca.

According to a report in New Straits Times today, the MP was said to have gone to the Malacca Customs Office last month to ask the department showed leniency for a company which had imported sawn timber in breach of regulations.

The company had tried to bring in sawn timber with a cross-section of more than 60 inches when only timber below such measurement is allowed into the country.

The report said that Custom officials had rejected the MP's request, seized the consignment of timber and fined the errant company.

REPORTED BY MALAYSIAKINI.

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