PETALING JAYA: An opposition MP accused of vaping in the Dewan Rakyat will pursue legal action against Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s photographer for allegedly slandering him.
Tanah Merah MP Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz said notice of the action will be delivered to the photographer this Friday.
“I have asked him to take down a post made on X. It is clear he has made a wild accusation against me.
“To me, this is a crime. He accused me of vaping without checking. Vape has ‘smoke’, but this one had no smoke,” he said in a statement.
He added the CCTV footage from the Dewan Rakyat will prove that he was not vaping.
On Sept 20, a photograph of Ikmal holding an object to his mouth as he was leaving the Dewan Rakyat went viral on social media leading to accusations that he was vaping.
He subsequently denied the accusation and claimed he was holding a pen. He also accused the photographer of malicious intent.
He lamented that the picture had been seen by more than one million social media users and said it had tarnished his reputation.
Earlier, he submitted an explanation letter to Dewan Rakyat secretary Nizam Mydin Bacha Mydin over the incident.
Ikmal said that in the letter, he vehemently denied the accusation and explained that he was holding a pen.
“I spontaneously put that pen between my lips for a while,” he said, urging Dewan Rakyat Speaker Johari Abdul to verify his claim by reference to CCTV footage.
Ikmal said the Speaker should take stern action against him if it was true that he had vaped but called for similar action against the photographer in accordance with the Standing Orders if the accusation was false.