Sunday, March 21, 2010

Anwar given a week to explain 'One Israel' dig

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been given a week to back up his claim that the federal government employed a public relations firm which had links to 'One Israel' campaign.

At the Dewan Rakyat today, Kota Belud MP Abdul Rahman Dahlan cited Standing Orders 36 (2) to accuse Anwar of misleading the house.

Abdul Rahman was referring to a statement last week by the Apoco Worldwide firm, which has denied Anwar's allegations.

In response, Minister in charge of Parliamentary affairs Nazri Abdul Aziz then told deputy speaker Ronald Kiandee that the government was of the position that Anwar should given a week to back up his claims.

Should Anwar fail to provide a satisfactory explanation, Nazri said the government would move a motion to refer him to the Rights and Privileges Committee, to which Kiandee agreed.

Anwar was not present when this exchange took place.

While debating the motion of thanks for the King's speech last week, Anwar claimed that Apco Worldwide, currently employed by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's administration, had also devised the 'One Israel' slogan for former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak in 1999.

[More to follow]

No comments: