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by martin carvalho at the dewan rakyat last week
THE story of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was the subject of much debate in the Dewan Rakyat.
Opposition MPs cried foul when they were left out of the Transport Ministry’s briefing held at The Loft in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday night.
Fuziah Salleh (PKR – Kuantan) questioned why Pakatan MPs were left out when the issue is a matter of concern for all Malaysians.
Datuk Seri Noh Omar (BN – Tan-jong Karang) accused the Opposition of trying to spin the matter and put the Government in a bad light.
However, whatever argument that the Opposition MPs brought up about the importance of their presence in the briefing was a non-issue.
This is because it was later revealed by the Barisan MPs that the briefing revealed nothing new apart from Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s daily briefings at Sama Sama hotel.
Anthony Loke (DAP – Seremban) had attempted to move a motion for Parliament to form a Select Com-mittee to discuss the missing aircraft.
However, Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee reminded Loke that he should have filed an application to the Speaker’s Chambers for a proper ruling to be made first.
News reports of bomoh Ibrahim Mat Zin performing a ritual at KLIA to help find the plane was also a topic of discussion.
Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PAS – Pokok Sena) claimed that Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi personally knew the bomoh.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said that anyone could claim to know personalities like ministers.
He teased Mahfuz by saying that the bomoh and the PAS MP were both from Pokok Sena.
Ibrahim, who calls himself Raja Bomoh Sedunia Nujum VIP with the title of Datuk Mahaguru, caused a stir with his antics using zam-zam water, two coconuts, a “magical” walking stick and a “magic carpet” that served as a vessel for him and his assistants during the ritual.
Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim also created a stir when he admitted that the MH370 pilot, Capt Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was related to one of his in-laws.
“I am not denying that he is related to one of my in-laws and that I have met him on several occasions.
“In fact, he is a close friend of R. Sivarasa (PKR – Subang),” Anwar said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar triggered a fierce debate over statutory rape and the level of sensitivity to the issue by different races.
In his explanation on the number of statutory rape cases in Malaysia, he had allegedly said that the high number of reported cases of statutory rape among Malays was because they were sensitive to the cases and hence, reports must be made.
He also said that perhaps others were less sensitive to it, hence, the ratio could be accepted.
Chong Chien Jen (DAP – Bandar Kuching) later tabled a motion against Dr Wan Junaidi’s statement, saying that it had no basis and that it insulted other races.
A ruling is expected this week.
The lawmakers from both sides are also expected to debate on the results of the Kajang by-election.
The House sits again tomorrow.
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