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Monday, June 15, 2009

While MPs shout, KJ and Kit Siang tweet

KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — By Adib Zalkapli | Malaysianinsider

As chaos started in Parliament after Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was sworn in as Bukit Gantang MP, two lawmakers offered their version of the event via the social networking site Twitter.

Both first-term MP Khairy Jamaludin and veteran opposition leader Lim Kit Siang today competed against each other to report live from Parliament House, beating all media agencies.

“Everything started when Nizar ex-MB started shouting ‘Hidup, hidup’ after being sworn in. Grandstanding for the TV cameras. Sigh. Poser,” twitted Khairy after order was restored in the House.

Lim in his Twitter entry criticised Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia for his harsh action against the MPs.

“Speaker said where in nation's history an MP taking oath shouted ‘Bubar Dun’ I asked where in nation's history illegal power grab in Perak?” asked Lim.

Earlier Pandikar ordered seven opposition MPs out of the House for inappropriate behaviour after the swearing in of Nizar.

“Childish, unproductive and a mockery of Parliament,” said Khairy who is also the Umno Youth chief.

“Speaker gets things under control. But I was stunned by the childish display. Speaker nicely asked them to remove their headbands but ignored,” added Khairy, referring to the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers' refusal to take off the “Bubar Dun” headband.

Last night Lim had promised to tweet from inside the House and urged other lawmakers to join him in creating history.

“Parliament meets tmr oath-taking by Nizar as MP Bukit Gantang 10am Will twitter from Parliament. Invite other MPs 2make twitter history,” said Lim yesterday.

Khairy had asked the public for feedback in preparation for the first day of the Parliament session.

“Parliament convenes tomorrow. Anything the twitterati want Rembau to raise in the chamber?” asked Khairy.

Both politicians have been actively using the social networking site to put forward their views and to keep the public informed of their daily activities.

Twitter is a free service that allows people to broadcast to a big group of people but each message is limited to 140 characters.

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