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Monday, June 15, 2009

Nazri says Nizar ‘has a short-circuited brain’

KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — By Syed Jaymal Zahiid | Malaysianinsider

Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz called the newly sworn-in Bukit Gantang MP Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin a “mental case.”

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of parliamentary affairs said that he believes Nizar — the ousted Perak mentri besar following a Barisan Nasional coup — was crazy when he shouted “dissolve the state assembly” after he was sworn in this morning.

“Maybe he thought this (parliament) is the Perak state assembly,” he told reporters at a press conference in Parliament.

“Nizar ni wayar dia dah putus (Nizar has a short-curcuited brain). He is not showing the behaviour which is required of a yang berhormat (people’s representative). What happened this morning is shameful,” he added.

Nizar and several other Pakatan Rakyat MPs were thrown out of the Dewan Rakyat by Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Mulia Amin this morning after they were spotted wearing headbands and armbands with the words “Bubar DUN (dissolve the state assembly)” written on them.

Pandikar subsequently suspended them for two days, a move Nizar and others described as “hypocritical and unjust.”

Nazri, however, firmly defended the Speaker’s decision as he claimed the headbands and armbands were in violation of Parliament’s dress code.

When asked about past incidents when opposition MPs were not punished for wearing anti-Internal Security Act (ISA) armbands in parliament, Nazri rebutted saying past Speakers had not noticed them.

“That is why the issue was never raised. But in today’s case, Nizar brought the attention of the Speaker to the armbands and headbands when he started shouting,” he said.

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