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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lawyer: Probe 'Pasir Salak 11' for assaulting MP, not rioting

Police must probe the 11 who confronted Amanah communications director Khalid Samad on Parliament grounds for assaulting a member of Parliament under Section 124 of the Penal Code, said his lawyer.
Zulhazmi Sharif said Section 147, which police are using to investigate the group for alleged rioting, is inappropriate.
"They attacked a MP on Parliament grounds and injured security personnel on duty. It is a serious offence which should not be investigated under Section 147," he told reporters at the Amanah headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
Section 124 deals with the offence of "assaulting a member of Parliament with intent to compel or restrain the exercise of any lawful power".
Zulhazmi said an offence under Section 124 is also a security offence, which can be investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).
"We disagree with Sosma but this offence is serious; this is why it is considered a security offence," he added.
Won't apologise to Jamal
Last Thursday, a group claiming to be from Pasir Salak ambushed the Shah Alam MP after he alighted from his car near the Parliament lobby.
This was after Khalid called Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman "sial" (damned) when the latter made a remark on DAP's Seputeh MP Teresa Kok's name.
Tajuddin's son Faisal was among the 11 probed for rioting over the ambush. The 11 were released after spending the night in the lock-up, despite police securing a four-day remand.
Police said they were released before the remand order expired because their statements had been recorded.
In a press conference after the ambush incident, Khalid said this was an example of gangsterism in Umno.
He also cited Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos as an example of such culture in Umno, and referred to the latter as "Jamal Jamban (Toilet Jamal)", "Jamal Pak Tongkol (Uncle Tuna Jamal)" and "Jamal Samseng (Gangster Jamal)".
This prompted Jamal to give him 24 hours to retract the statements or face a defamation suit, but Khalid refused to do so.
"Why should I retract and apologise?" he asked during today's press conference.
"These are terms commonly used by the public. The public started calling him Jamal Jamban because he held a press conference in a toilet, so if he does not want to be called Jamal Jamban, he should stop holding press conferences there," he said
Jamal had invited the press to witness him tear a letter of demand by Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, and flush it down the toilet.

The red-shirts leader is referred to as Pak Tongkol in reference to his now defunct chain of seafood restaurants.
In a related matter, Khalid questioned the Attorney-General's Chamber's decision to seek a heavier penalty for the couple who pleaded guilty to harassing a Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) staff member.
Khalid claimed this showed double standards, arguing that the ambush against him was not given the same serious treatment.- Mkini

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