Scuffle at Parliament building, as Kit Siang faces suspension

KUALA LUMPUR: It has been an eventful day both outside and inside the Parliament building today, as opposition MPs joined protesters to oppose the tabling of a motion which will see changes of electoral borders ahead of the 14th general election.

As hundreds joined the Bersih-organised protest and marched to Parliament gates, the mood in the Dewan Rakyat was also tense, with Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia getting in a spat with DAP’s Lim Kit Siang.

Opposition MPs had earlier questioned the legality of a motion on the redelineation report being tabled, saying the case was pending in court.

Pandikar, however, insisted that it was the jurisdiction of the Dewan Rakyat to decide on the motion. He was subsequently interrupted by Lim. After repeatedly telling Lim to sit down, Pandikar ordered him to leave, but the DAP veteran refused.

The house then adjourned. It will decide later on whether to suspend Lim for six months.

“This (postponement) is to enable Gelang Patah (Lim Kit Siang) to leave the house. If Gelang Patah is still in the house when the proceedings resume, I will order the police to remove him,” Bernama quoted Pandikar as saying.

Outside, police and protesters faced off with each other, as hundreds marched to Parliament before stopping about 200m from the building.

Police however allowed representatives from Bersih to hand over a memorandum.

Among others, the memorandum, received by a Parliament officer, urges Pandikar to withdraw the EC’s redelineation report.

The protest today continued despite Dang Wangi police chief Shaharuddin Abdullah’s warning against any gathering at Parliament.

A planned counter-protest by the Red Shirts movement, led by Umno’s Jamal Yunos, failed to materialise.