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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Pendang rep claims Bukit Gantang MP, family threatened him

PARLIAMENT | Pendang MP Awang Solahuddin Hashim (Perikatan Nasional) has claimed that he was threatened by Syed Abu Hussin Hafiz Syed Abdul Fasal (PN-Bukit Gantang) and the latter’s family.

Speaking in the Dewan Rakyat today, Awang (above, left) alleged to have received a phone call from Syed Abu Hussin two nights ago and was threatened by the latter.

However, he fell short of divulging further details after Dewan Rakyat speaker Johari Abdul asked him to file a motion on the matter as the alleged incident did not happen today.

“I will file the motion that I was threatened by Bukit Gantang and his family at that time.

“I don’t mind, I have to face it. I’m just afraid that we may get distracted as we still have many issues left unresolved by the Parliament.

“MPs need to be given protection,” Awang added.

Dewan Rakyat speaker Johari Abdul

Earlier, he raised Standing Order 95 and proceeded to read out Section 9 of the Houses of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952 (Act 347).

Johari interjected Awang and proposed for him to file a motion, arguing that it would be unjust for him to make an immediate decision without having prior knowledge of the alleged incident.

“YB (Awang) will have to write it in black and white and I will investigate. We can’t do this in the Dewan Rakyat. I don’t know what has happened.

“My decision is (for Awang) to file a motion,” Johari said.

‘Lodge a police report’

Meanwhile, Chong Zhemin (Pakatan Harapan-Kampar) called on Awang to lodge a police report instead of raising the matter in the august house.

“If you were threatened, please lodge a police report. Don’t create a perception in the Dewan Rakyat. Go out and file a report so that they can investigate it.”

In a bid to explain what had happened, Awang then stood up again in the august house and said Syed Abu Hussin was dissatisfied with the former for opposing his support for Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.

“I stood up to oppose it because he (Syed Abu Hussin) embarrassed PN in front of the Parliament.

“In the Constitution, it is stated that the Parliament has to provide protection to MPs. It’s not just to me, I’m afraid it would involve him (Syed Abu Hussin) too. I want to defend myself.

“So the speaker has to take note that there are specific provisions to protect MPs,” he added.

Malaysiakini has contacted Syed Abu Hussin for his response.

On Tuesday, Syed Abu Hussin announced his support for Anwar.

He was the fifth lawmaker from that party to “switch” allegiance to the government to date.

He made the announcement during the Prime Minister's Question Time at the Dewan Rakyat, where he also called on other opposition MPs to work together with the government. - Mkini

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