Don’t cam­paign here, Phee told

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: A Barisan Na­sional law­maker yes­ter­day told a state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil mem­ber from DAP not to use the state leg­isla­tive assem­bly sit­ting as a stage to cam­paign for the 14th General Elec­tion.

Datuk Mohd Zain Ah­mad (BN Pe­naga) told Phee Boon Poh (DAP-Sun­gai Puyu) that he lacked ex­pe­ri­ence to speak de­spite be­ing a part of the assem­bly for years.

This was af­ter Phee ac­cused BN, par­tic­u­larly Umno, of not be­ing se­ri­ous in com­bat­ing graft, and said he had proof to jus­tify his claims, which sparked a shout­ing match be­tween politi­cians from both sides of the di­vide.

Zain told Phee to take a look at the daily news­pa­pers, which had been filled with news of nu­mer­ous arrests in­volv­ing graft re­cently.

“If you have proof (of your claims), go make a po­lice re­port.

“I have been lis­ten­ing to you (Phee) speak­ing for four years now. You have not changed and I am dis­gusted with you.

“More im­por­tantly, don’t use this sit­ting to cam­paign for the 14th General Elec­tion,” he said.

Zain also told Phee not to sim­ply ac­cuse BN and Umno of not be­ing se­ri­ous in com­bat­ing graft.

“That is not right at all. Our stand is very clear... We are against graft.

“Just take a look at the chief min­is­ter him­self, who has been charged with graft.

“Don’t force us to open our mouth and talk about the chief min­is­ter,” he said.

Ear­lier, Shar­i­ful Azhar Oth­man (BN-Ber­tam) de­manded that Phee re­tract his claims.

“You are mak­ing a wild al­le­ga­tion and talk­ing rub­bish. Take care with what you say. You have a foul mouth,” he said.

R.S.N. Rayer (DAP-Seri De­lima) then stood up to de­fend Phee.

A ver­bal war en­sued, prompt­ing Deputy Speaker Datuk Mak­tar Shapee to call for calm and told Phee to con­tinue his wind­ing-up speech.

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