Reps pull out of panel on scuffle

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009

OPPOSITION MPs have pulled out of the eight-man committee set up to investigate the scuffle between Umno Youth and DAP chairman Karpal Singh in Parlia-ment on Feb 26.

Lim Kit Siang (DAP – Ipoh Timur), Kamaruddin Jaafar (PAS – Tumpat) and R. Sivarasa (PKR – Subang) informed Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, who chairs the committee, that they would not be taking part.

Other Opposition MPs who were summoned to testify including Lim Lip Eng (DAP – Segambut), Fong Po Kuan (DAP – Batu Gajah), Fong Kui Lun (DAP – Bukit Bintang), and N. Gobalakrishnan (PKR – Padang Serai), have also vowed not to take part in the process.

Karpal Singh told reporters at the Parliament lobby that the move was to reflect the Opposition’s dissatisfaction over Dewan Rakyat’s differing treatment towards Gobind Singh Deo (DAP – Puchong) and the Umno Youth.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim blamed the pullout on the House’ inconsistency where the Umno Youth members were allowed to defend themselves.

Meanwhile, Karpal Singh’s assistant Michael Cornelius and two female security guards testified before the committee yesterday with several Selangor Umno Youth members scheduled to testify today. Despite the pullout by the opposition MPs, the committee met for nearly an hour.

The committee members were Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee, Nancy Shukri (BN – Batang Sadong) and Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn (BN – Alor Gajah). Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (BN – Bintulu) was absent with notice.

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