GEORGE TOWN, July 4 (Bernama) -- The decision not to include a question and answer (Q&A) session at the Penang State Assembly sitting is tantamount to the 'death' of the democratic process, state Barisan Nasional Youth information chief Hâ€™ng Khoon Leng said today.
"They took questions in the first term. Are there very serious issues in Penang which they donâ€™t want to discuss?...such as Bukit Relau Hill or the tunnel issue. They have killed the democratic process," he told reporters at the state assembly here.
Chaos broke out at the first sitting yesterday when Speaker Law Choo Kiang did not allow any questions and instead proceeded to debate the Penang governor Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas's speech.
Commenting on Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's statement yesterday that the decision had been made on the advice of the legal advisor, Hâ€™ng said as the state's leader Lim had the power to veto it.
Meanwhile, Youth chief Oh Tong Keong urged the state government to reconsider the decision, adding that the people's representatives had the right to ask questions and it was the executive councilors duty to provide answers.
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