The Federal Court today upheld a decision that Parliament must pay MPs’ their salaries and remuneration even while they are suspended from the House.
The case was brought by Puchong MP Gobind Deo Singh after he was deprived of his pay after being suspended from the Dewan Rakyat in 2009 for a year.
Hailing the unanimous decision by the Federal Court, Gobind urged Parliament to likewise disburse the withheld funds to all other previously suspended MPs.
"An elected rep who is suspended remains an MP who must still carry out his duties as MP outside Parliament.
"There are many MPs who are full time politicians who depend wholly on their salaries to sustain not only themselves but their families as well.
"Any order which takes away that source of income is most draconian and oppressive," he said in a statement.
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