Ruckus in Parliament: Anwar reiterates his non-involvement in Zahid’s DNNA, and an emotional Putrajaya MP sent out by Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim reiterated his stand that he had nothing to do with the Attorney General or the Court’s decision to drop the 47 corruption charges against his deputy, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Anwar began his winding up speech today at the Parliament on the Mid-Term Review of the 12th Malaysia Plan addressing subsidy issues, and the allocation of funds given to all the states including the Oppostion led states.

He also explained on how MPs could apply for their MP allocations apart from the allocations given for their constituencies before addressing Zahid’s DNNA issue – the dropping of charges against the latter without a full acquital.

He also addressed the accusation that had been hurled at him including by the Opposition that he had discussed the case of Zahid with the Attorney General, implying that he was involved in the latter’s decision and the Court’s decision to drop the corruption charges against Zahid.

Anwar said he had only asked the AG for the reasons for dropping the charges and not discussed the case with him.

His explanation was not fully delivered as he was interrupted midway.

Amid the many interruptions from the Oppostion, Anwar in his explanation also ticked off the MP of Putrajaya, Radzi Jidin, saying “yes, you can laugh because you were doing just that while in administration”.

This gave way to a full blown commotion in the Dewan Rakyat with shouting matches from both sides and the Putrajaya MP asking for Anwar to “tarik balik” or retract his “allegation”. The Putrajaya MP also went one step further by resorting to name calling the prime minister. Radzi was also asked to retract the word used on Anwar by government MPs.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul, after many calls asking for the ruffled MPs to sit down, finally gave several warnings to Putrajaya MP, before asking him to leave the Dewan.

Several Opposition members followed him out but the sitting continued with the rest of the MPs onboard.

— WE