Friday, February 27, 2009

UMNO's Pack of Wild Dogs Attack an Invalid

On Thursday, 26-Feb-2009, a pack of UMNO's wild dogs in the form of Umno Youth members confronted the wheelchair-bound Karpal Singh and was prevented from entering Parliament.

The mob's criminal intent and intrusion into the august House of Parliament can be construed as treason of the highest order as they have not only invaded the physical space of the honourable Speaker and Members of Parliament but more significantly, the physical guardian of the Federal Constitution and everything that it stands for.

When these people defend their ketuanan and adab, the sovereignty of their Rulers, the Malay language and Islam, don’t they realise that they themselves must be exemplary in upholding all of these?

Do they remember at all that Islam and Malay adat is full of urgings for us to show good behaviour at all times?

When we accuse others of derhaka and treason against the Sultan, are we aware that the House of Parliament is the rightful abode of our constitutional monarchy, and to invade this sacrosanct space is more serious than demonstrating outside the Sultan’s istana?

We are a lot wiser than to vote for Barisan Nasional who are made up of gangsters like these mobs.

The following are excerpts from The Star about the incident:

The MCA has hit out at the Umno Youth members who confronted Bukit Gelugor MP and DAP chairman Karpal Singh in Parliament, calling such behaviour unacceptable.

The party’s information and communication bureau chairman Lee Wei Kiat said such physical intimidation “destroys our country’s image in the international stage”, and called for respect to be shown to Parliament.

“Any kind of behaviour or mob rule which forcibly prevents the MPs from entering Parliament not only offends the rakyat but is also an affront against the country’s democratic system, rule of law and also to voters,” he said in a statement.

Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng also condemned the Umno Youth members who confronted Karpal Singh, saying the incident was “embarrassing and disgusting.”

He said Umno had tarnished Malaysia’s image and called for stern action to be taken against the group.

Lim, who is also Bagan MP, said he appreciated that Backbenchers Club chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing had apologised over the incident, but felt it was only right that Umno should do so too.

Police have described the scuffle between Umno Youth members and some opposition Members of Parliament at Parliament House as a serious breach of security.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz tabled a motion under Standing Order 80A on Thursday night, saying that the eight-man investigation committee chaired by Pandikar would take appropriate action against those committing contempt against the House.

Earlier that day, Karpal Singh proposed in the Dewan that the House issue a warrant of arrest against Serdang Umno Youth chief Ungku Mat Salleh and Gombak Umno Youth chief Megat Zulkarnain Omardin to be brought before the House to explain why they should not be imprisoned under the Houses of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act.

Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said it was the first time that the Houses of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act is being invoked to set up an investigative committee for parliamentary contempt. Pandikar Amin said this had never happened before and veteran MP Lim Kit Siang (DAP – Ipoh Timur) concurred.

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