Sunday, March 21, 2010

Focus on Anwar, Sept 16

The explosive revelation by Bayan Baru MP Zahrain Mohamed Hashim on the opposition's aborted Sept 16 plan is expected to spark hotter debate in parliament.

Zahrain rebuked Anwar Ibrahim for lying that he had support from Barisan Nasional MPs, the Armed Forces and consent of Yang di-Pertuan Agong as prime minister.

anwar-parliamentThe scathing attack by Zahrain who quit PKR last month proved too much for the opposition leader who walked out in a huff.

The Armed Forces had since issued a denial while Umno Youth lodged a police report on the lies attributed to the Permatang Pauh MP.

Walkout a waste of time

Opposition MPs walked out on Wednesday after parliament rejected debate on a Home Ministry motion for unobstructed passage of MPs to and from parliament house.

They had insisted on debating the motion although it had been approved without debate.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin described the walkout as a waste of time as it should be used to air the people's grievances.

He said it was also against the advice of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin who wanted MPs to be courteous during debate.

Opposition MPs are expected to continue attacking the government over the 1Malaysia concept which they claimed had links to APCO Worldwide, a company responsible for the "One Israel" concept in 1999.

The international communication consultancy firm had denied it was involved with "One Israel" or Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

The independent MP block which has seven members is expected to be the focus of attention this week.

Other independent MPs are Ibrahim Ali (Pasir Mas), Zulkifli Noordin (Kulim-Bandar Baharu), Tan Tee Beng (Nibong Tebal), Mohsin Fadzil Samsuri (Bagan Serai), Eric Majimbun (Sepanggar) and Dr Chua Soon Bui (Tawau) from SAPP.
Attention will be on independent MPs who have yet to speak particularly Zulkifli who is seen as an individual with strong conviction.

Assess Anwar's credibility

Meanwhile, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has urged the people to assess Anwar Ibrahim's credibility following a revelation of the opposition's aborted Sept 16 plan by Zahrain.

Khairy said Zahrain made the revelation from his experience in the opposition and not coached by BN, reported Bernama.

"Zahrain was disappointed with PKR and the opposition leader. Let's wait for the debate on the royal address," he said.

Over in Jempol, Information Communication and Culture Minister Rais Yatim said Anwar Ibrahim should be probed by the Dewan Rakyat's Rights and Privileges Committee over the alleged intended takeover of the federal government by the opposition in 2008.

According to a Bernama report, Rais said only the Dewan Rakyat could determine whether there was any truth to the matter and that this could be done by getting Anwar to answer to the committee.

"The Dewan Rakyat must act on this and get the committee to commence a probe so that the facts can be known," the minister added.

courtesy of Malaysian Mirror

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