Parliament: Committee probing scuffle hears witnesses


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Three witnesses testified before the special committee set up to probe the fracas between national DAP chairman Karpal Singh and Umno Youth members at the entrance of Parliament building last month.

The three were Karpal’s assistant and two female security guards.

Despite the Tuesday last-minute pullout of opposition MPs sitting on the panel -- Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar (PAS-Tumpat), R. Sivarasa (PKR-Subang) and Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur), the committee met for close to an hour to hear testimony from the witnesses.

Karpal (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) and four other opposition MPs -- Fong Kui Lun (DAP-Bukit Bintang), Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah), N. Gobalakrishnan (PKR-Padang Serai) and Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) -- who were eyewitnesses of the incident, also chose not to testify.

Karpal's aide was the first to be called in at 1.40pm on Tuesday.

His son Ram Karpal Singh, also a lawyer, accompanied him but came out of the room after five minutes.

The two female security guards were called in to testify after Cornelius.

The committee comprises Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee, Nancy Shukri (BN-Batang Sadong) and Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn (BN-Alor Gajah).

Another member, Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (BN-Bintulu), was absent with notice.

The hearing continues Wednesday.

Earlier stories: Karpal: ‘I may need to get a bodyguard' Parliament sets up panel to probe scuffle Panel identifies witnesses in investigation into scuffle

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