Khalid Samad to Tajuddin: Apologise first

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KUALA LUMPUR: Despite the threat of legal action, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad will not apologise for the “sial” (damned) remark he aimed at Umno Deputy Minister Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.

The defiant Khalid said he would only do so if the deputy agriculture and agro-based industry minister apologises to Seputeh MP Teresa Kok first for the crude remark he made against her inside the Dewan Rakyat.

Khalid also said no matter what Tajuddin’s excuses were, the latter had only embarrassed himself by making such a remark to a female lawmaker.

“In a letter of demand he sent to me, Tajuddin said I have embarrassed and defamed him. But I want to tell him that he has done that to himself by making the unprovoked remarks.

“He thinks he can say and do whatever he likes but when we responded to his words, he thinks we are the guilty ones.

“I will only apologise and retract my statement if he does the same to Teresa and to (Batu Kawan MP) Kasthuri Patto for disrespecting them,” the Amanah lawmaker told a press conference at the Parliament lobby here today.

Tajuddin caused an uproar in the Dewan Rakyat earlier this week when he called the DAP MP “the only woman with a Kok”.

This led to Khalid labelling Tajuddin, the Umno MP for Pasir Salak, “menteri sial”.

The war of words between the two MPs, which began a few days ago, turned ugly earlier today after a group of 20 to 30 men, claiming to be Pasir Salak Umno members, ambushed Khalid and almost attacked him.

Fortunately, security personnel managed to shield Khalid from the angry mob.

Commenting on Tajuddin’s admission that his son was part of the angry mob, Khalid said there was no need to send people to fight on the former’s behalf.

“If you want me to retract my statement, you do the same.

“If you say sorry to Teresa and Kasthuri, it will be good for your image. If you don’t, it confirms what I said about you being a ‘sial’ minister.”