Thursday, 18th March 2010
Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Hashim or "PKR Traitor" today named eight MPs, whom he claimed were ready to jump ship in the opposition’s bid to takeover the government on Sept 16, 2008.
They were Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh (BN-Kalabakan), Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (BN-Kimanis), Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan), Datuk Chua Soon Bui (Independent-Tawau), Datuk Eric Majimbun (Independent-Sepanggar), Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi (BN-Batu Pahat), Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar (BN-Jerantut) and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (BN-Gua Musang).
A Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker was also in the fray, said Zahrain in his speech when debating the royal address in the Dewan Rakyat.
The whole House broke into laughter when Deputy Speaker Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar interjected: “Which deputy speaker?”
Zahrain claimed that there was a link between online newspaper MalaysiaKini and Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK)’s news portal with the opposition and urged the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to probe into it.
Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby, Zahrain denied that he was a “BN mercenary soldier” as he had been vocal even before he left Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
Meanwhile, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution hit back at Zahrain by calling him a “BN attack dog”.
“Zahrain assumes a new role to denigrate the opposition and his sudden outburst was a marked different from his heydays in the PKR.
“He hardly took part in parliamentary debates for the past two years but all of a sudden he became very vocal.
“When these MPs jumped ship, they turn into ‘attack dogs’. They had prepared texts prepared for them and bring up issues which they think are crucial,” added Saifuddin.
Responding to the label “attack dog”, Zahrain retorted that it was unbecoming for him to be given such a label, and he added “Anyway, it will not stop me. Do respect me as an MP.”
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