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Violent mob called Tajuddin their ‘father’, says Khalid

 | November 24, 2016

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad says men were out to hurt him, with someone throwing a punch but parliament security officer put his body in the way to protect him.

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Khalid-Samad-attackKUALA LUMPUR: The mob who attacked Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad outside the main Parliament building this morning, had allegedly claimed to be the “children” of Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.

Relaying his experience in a press conference at the Parliament lobby after the incident, Khalid said the group of about 20 to 30 men had attempted to physically harm him while continuously throwing insults and verbally abusing him.

“They shouted and asked me why I said their ‘father’ was ‘sial’ (the bringer of bad luck).

“They tried to punch me but a security officer shielded me with his body.

Khalid said he will lodge a report about the incident with the Dewan Rakyat Speaker, before lodging a police report.

“These people have no respect for the law.”

When asked if he will hire a bodyguard following today’s attack, Khalid said there was no need to.

Khalid also suggested this was another example of the violent behaviour showcased by the Red Shirts movement in their harrassment of the Bersih 5 convoy nationwide, as well as in a recent altercation with the police in the Ampang Point mall.

“This is the Jamal (Yunos) culture, the same culture showed by his Red Shirts supporters,” Khalid said, referring to the Sungai Besar Umno division chief.

“It is also a further sign of a government that knows it doesn’t have the support of the people, and instead of debating with the opposition, they are taking it out in this manner.”

Earlier today, Khalid was attacked by a mob as he was approaching the main Parliament building this morning.

Fortunately for him, parliament security officers came to his rescue and prevented the incident from turning ugly.

The group of about 20-30 men had initially harrassed Khalid, shouting “Hidup Pasir Salak! Hidup Pasir Salak!”.

It is believed that the men are Umno Youth members from Pasir Salak and they were waiting to show their displeasure to Khalid over the incident in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday, when Khalid had called Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, “menteri sial”.

The incident in the House had stemmed from a remark that the agriculture and agro-based industry deputy minister had first made, referring to Seputeh MP Teresa Kok as “the only woman with a ‘Kok’.”

He refused to retract his statement and he was supported by Deputy Speaker Ronald Kiandee who ruled that no retraction was necessary, saying that Tajuddin was only referring to Kok’s name.


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