Attack on MP
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.