KUALA LUMPUR: A senior Umno lawmaker struck a nerve during debates in Parliament on Monday (March 18) after claiming that DAP received support from the Communists in the past.
The issue was sparked by Tan Sri Annuar Musa (BN-Ketereh) who said it was only natural for Umno to react after being labelled “Taliban” following its recent cooperation pact with PAS.
"Don't connect the Taliban with Umno and PAS as for every action, there will be an opposite reaction," he said when debating the motion of thanks on the Royal Address in the Dewan Rakyaton Monday.
Noor Amin Ahmad (PH-Kangar) interjected to remind Annuar that the label may have come about because the Opposition had first accused DAP of being the offspring of the Communists.
To this, Annuar replied that history has shown that DAP had once received support from the Communists, raising a ruckus in the House.
"You are a sick person," shouted R.S.N Rayer (PH-Jelutong), demanding Annuar retract his accusation against DAP leaders.
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Arrif Md Yusof intervened to calm matters down, asking Annuar to retract his accusation unless he had proof to back it up.
However, Annuar said he never accused DAP leaders of being communist, only saying that the party had received support from the Communists in the past.
"Please refer to the Hansard (records of Parliament debates) on Tuesday (March 19) to see if I had said that DAP leaders were influenced by the Communists," he said, adding that he never called DAP leaders communist.
Annuar maintained that DAP had previously received support from the Communists, based on reports of the May 13, 1969, incident.
Based on his understanding of what was uttered, Mohamad Arrif said it did seem as though Annuar had accused DAP leaders of being communist.
However, Mohamad Arrif said he would make a ruling on whether Annuar should retract his statement after going through the Hansard on Tuesday.