At­tack on MP

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHARLES RAMENDRAN, KAREN ARUKESAMY HAIKAL JALIL

KUALA LUMPUR: A con­fronta­tion erupted in front of the De­wan Rakyat build­ing en­trance when a group of more than 10 peo­ple tried to at­tack Amanah’s Shah Alam MP Ab­dul Khalid Sa­mad yes­ter­day.

The group had charged at Ab­dul Khalid, shout­ing pro­fan­i­ties at him as soon as he stepped out of his car on ar­rival at the build­ing at about 10.45am, but Par­lia­ment se­cu­rity per­son­nel pre­vented them from hurt­ing the law­maker and es­corted him into the build­ing.

The group tried to push their way into the lobby but quick ac­tion by se­cu­rity per­son­nel thwarted their at­tempts.

They con­tin­ued shout­ing harsh words in front of the build­ing be­fore be­ing told by the se­cu­rity per­son­nel to dis­perse.

The at­tack is be­lieved to be linked to an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween Ab­dul Khalid and Deputy Agri­cul­ture and Agro-based In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ta­jud­din Ab­dul Rah­man in the De­wan Rakyat on Monday.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred when the deputy min­is­ter re­ferred to DAP’s Se­puteh MP Teresa Kok as “the only woman here with a Kok” prompt­ing Ab­dul Khalid to re­fer to Ta­jud­din as “menteri sial” (cursed), which up­set the lat­ter.

Kuala Lumpur po­lice chief Comm Datuk Amar Singh said later 10 in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing Ta­jud­din’s son, were be­ing sought by po­lice for al­legedly ri­ot­ing at Par­lia­ment in their at­tempt to as­sault Ab­dul Khalid.

He said po­lice have iden­ti­fied the 10, in­clud­ing two women, all aged be­tween 28 and 48, and urged them to sur­ren­der.

Amar said there were no re­ports of any­one be­ing hurt.

Shortly af­ter the in­ci­dent, Ab­dul Khalid told a press con­fer­ence at the Par­lia­ment lobby that he was for­tu­nate to es­cape un­in­jured as se­cu­rity per­son­nel had shielded him.

“Some of the se­cu­rity per­son­nel were

... Shah Alam MP Khalid Sa­mad be­ing led away af­ter a group be­lieved to be sup­port­ers of Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Ta­jud­din Ab­dul Rah­man tried to at­tack him. Khalid had been in­volved in a spat with Ta­jud­din, who is Agri­cul­ture and Agro-based In­dus­try deputy min­is­ter, over his 'Kok' state­ment in Par­lia­ment.

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