A government MP today revealed that he had received a summons from a lawyer representing a company that imports eggs from India after making a statement on the quality of local and imported eggs in the Dewan Rakyat last week.
Wee Ka Siong (BN-Ayer Hitam) said he was surprised by the letter as he had made the remarks in his capacity as a representative speaking on his own floor.
"This is what I do not understand," he said.
"This is bad. I will respond to this on my Facebook, I have to show. This is my field as a representative of the people. I felt called to raise this issue.
"What was my offence?" he added while debating the Supply Bill 2023 in the Dewan Rakyat.
The MCA president also questioned how the company could have sent him a summons on the matter.
Radzi Jidin (PN-Putrajaya) then asked the government how many importing countries would be involved, even if only on a temporary basis, until the supply issue was under control.
He also asked if government assistance had been channelled in the process of bringing in the eggs from India.
Wee said this raised questions as he had not named any party or company in his speech.
"I made no mention of names but I was still issued a summons," he added.
Wee was previously vocal on the issue of Malaysia's egg supply, and had asked the agriculture and food security ministry to focus on the shortage of local chicken eggs instead of importing eggs from India to meet domestic needs.