Eight opposition members of parliament (MPs) were admonished while four Umno Youth members were fined RM1,000 each Thursday after the Dewan Rakyat approved the recommendations of a select committee that probed the incident where Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh was mobbed by Umno Youth members outside Parliament House in February.
The MPs admonished were Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) for not attending the committee’s hearings, besides Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah), Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut), N.Gobalakrishnan (PKR-Padang Serai), Fong Kui Lun (DAP-Bukit Bintang), who were also involved in the ensuing fracas.
The others were Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur), Kamaruddin Jaafar (Pas-Tumpat) and S.Sivarasa (PKR-Subang). They were admonished for failure to cooperate with the inquiry.
The Umno Youth members fined were Petaling Jaya Utara Umno Youth chief Latt Sharizan, Gombak Umno Youth chief Megat Zulkarnain Omar Din, Shah Alam Umno Youth chief Azahari Shaari and Serdang Umno Youth chief Ungku Md Salleh Ungku Abdul Jamal. All of them paid the fine.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz when winding up debate on the motion on the committee’s recommendations, said Karpal, as the victim, should have provided his testimony to the committee and that the fine of RM1,000 was the maximum possible.
The motion on the recommendations of the committee was carried although opposition members walked out because they were unhappy with the fine amount.
Earlier, during the debate, a war of words broke out between backbenchers and opposition MPs with Karpal and Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau) taking centre stage.
It ended up with Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia ordering Karpal out of the Dewan for refusing to retract his words that Khairy was a corrupt person.
Khairy had challenged Karpal to repeat his remarks of Feb 26 in the Dewan outside it that Umno Youth was responsible for sending him bullets through the mail.
Later, when met outside the Dewan, Karpal said Parliament should review the RM1,000 fine as it was introduced decades ago and had become antiquated.
When met at Parliament’s lobby, Khairy told reporters that though the Umno Youth leaders actions were done spontaneously, they apologised to the select committee and paid up the fine at the secretariat’s office of Parliament.