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Motion against Khairy’s ‘breasts’ comment

 | October 24, 2011

Karpal Singh says the motion is of urgent public importance as Khairy's words brought the House into disrepute.

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP MP Karpal Singh wants the Dewan Rakyat to adjourn proceedings to discuss a motion regarding Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin’s remarks against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his son.

Karpal (Bukit Gelugor) today submitted his notice for the motion to Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia at the latter’s chambers this morning.

“These baseless, unfounded, scurrilous and barbaric words directly refer to the 16-year-old son of Bagan MP (Lim), accused by bloggers of outraging the modesty of a woman,” he said in a letter to Pandikar Amin.

Karpal was referring to Rembau MP’s Oct 17 tweet, where the latter said: “Mungkin dia roboh Kampung Buah Pala sebab nak ganti dengan Kampung Buah Dada.”

In English it means: “Maybe he demolished Kampung Buah Pala because he wanted to replace it with Kampung Breasts.”

At the time, Khairy was referring to allegations raised by pro-Umno bloggers that Lim’s son had supposedly molested a female schoolmate.

He was also referring to Kampung Buah Pala, a demolished Indian village in Penang.

The blogs also claimed that Lim had paid off the victim’s family RM200,000 to keep them quiet.

Khairy’s comments as well as these allegations caused an uproar within Pakatan Rakyat, which denounced them as lies.

DAP later revealed that the alleged molest victim, as published in the pro-Umno blogs, was international chess champion Anya Corke, who said that she had not been to Malaysia in the past seven years.

Corke also said that she neither met with Lim’s son, nor was she molested in any way.

Criminal defamation

Karpal felt that Khairy is guilty of criminal defamation for his comments which have not been retracted.

“Khairy has clearly committed an offence of criminal defamation against (Lim’s son) under Section 500 of the Penal Code.”

“This is a definite matter of urgent public importance as the words attributed (to him) bring the House into disrepute,” he said in his notice.

Meanwhile, DAP MPs have compiled evidence in the form of a book containing articles from 34 blogs and online portals which have posted the molest allegations on their sites.

The 200-plus-page book is intended for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) as evidence.

PJ Utara MP Tony Pua the accused included blogger Gerakan-Anti-PKR and Umno-owned daily Utusan Malaysia’s online portal.

Pua claimed that the MCMC was very quick to act on International Islamic University (UIA) Aziz Bari’s comments over the Selangor Sultan’s decree regarding the Selangor Islamic Religious Department’s (JAIS) raid on the Damansara Utama Methodist Centre (DUMC).

He hoped that the MCMC would also take prompt action against the bloggers and online news portals over the molest allegations .

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said that he would submit the book to the MCMC today, or on Thursday, after Deepavali.


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