‘We did not touch Karpal’


SHAH ALAM: Two Selangor Umno Youth leaders who confronted Karpal Singh outside the Parliament tower block say they have nothing to fear because they did not “even touch Karpal or his wheelchair” during Thursday’s commotion.

Instead, Serdang Umno Youth chief Ungku Mat Salleh Ungku Abd Jamal and Gombak Umno Youth chairman Megat Zulkarnain Omardin claimed that it was an opposition MP who started the ruckus by pushing them.

Ungku Mat Salleh said the 20-odd Umno Youth leaders had gone to Parliament on their own without any prior planning or instructions from anyone.

The Youth leaders said that DAP chairman Karpal Singh, as a senior citizen and leader, should know how to behave instead of uttering the word celaka in reference to Umno Youth during his debate speech on Wednesday, or claim that Umno Youth was responsible for sending bullets to him.

Ungku Mat Salleh said he entered the Parliament compound after obtaining a visitor’s pass. He and a few other Umno Youth leaders had a smoke while waiting for Karpal Singh outside the tower block.

When they saw the Bukit Gelugor MP arriving, they approached him and asked him to retract his statement, or repeat outside Parliament his allegations against the movement.

“We did not even touch him or his wheelchair,” said Ungku Mat Salleh, adding that Karpal Singh refused to answer and accused the Umno Youth leaders of preventing him from entering Parliament.

A few minutes later, Ungku Mat Salleh said that Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng came and, after some heated words, pushed him and Megat Zulkarnain. Megat Zulkarnain also said that he went to Parliament on his own accord.

“I just wanted to hear for myself what Karpal Singh had to say about calling Umno Youth celaka, such a rude and unacceptable word.

“I spoke nicely to Karpal Singh but it was someone else who was rude,” he said.

On the eight-man investigation committee set up to look into Karpal Singh’s complaint that the group who confronted him had committed contempt against the House, both the Youth leaders said they were not afraid because they did not start the commotion, or did anything wrong to Karpal Singh.

Former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo said Umno Youth would defend its dignity in whatever way necessary and warned opposition leaders to stop playing on racial sentiments.

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