Representatives from both sides blame each other

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 10 Jun 2010

A SHOUTING match broke out at the Dewan Negara lounge when Umno MPs disrupted a private meeting between Pakatan Rakyat MPs and non-governmental orga­ni­­sations from the Indian community to discuss Government scholarships.

In the 12.30pm incident, Datuk Idris Haron (BN-Tangga Batu) interrupted the meeting after he overheard Barisan Nasional being labelled “celaka” (an offensive word in Malay).

Ipoh Barat MP M. Kula­segaran (DAP) said he was surprised when the Umno MPs gatecrashed the meeting.

“They wanted to sit on too, but we said no. We invited MIC representatives but they did not come.

“We did not invite Umno MPs,” he said.

There were about 40 people in the lounge, including Lim Kit Siang (DAP-IpohTimur), Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin (PAS-Bukit Gantang), N.Gobala­krishnan (PKR-Padang Serai) and about 30 representatives from the NGOs.

Idris told reporters he had as-ked those participating in the discussion why “they said such things.”

“Lim and Kulasegaran told me I was not invited. There were no physical attacks on me.

“I just cannot accept them using vulgarities on Barisan and Umno,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

Idris was seated outside the lounge with Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah (BN-Lenggong) and Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) when they overheard the word “celaka.”

After Idris was asked to leave, Bung Mokhtar started yelling and asked security personnel to take action but the guards did not do so because Kulasegaran had permission from the Parliament secretariat to use the lounge for the event from noon to 2.30pm.

Bung Mokhtar then labelled the guards as “useless” and “non existent”.

“The security is useless, not doing their duty.

“If someone is killed here, the security (guards) cannot do anything,” he said.

Federation of Malaysian Indian Associations president A. Rajaretinam called the Barisan MPs involved “rude” and “uncivilised”.

“They behaved like animals. I am saddened that such people can be MPs,” he said.

Later in the House, Bung Moktar asked Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin to investigate the matter.

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