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Ruckus in and outside Parliament over suspension
Published:  Dec 16, 2010 11:02 AM
Updated: 12:47 PM

Pandemonium erupted in Parliament this morning, ahead of the motion to suspend four opposition MPs, including Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar and House speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia got into an argument, with the opposition leader demanding his right to respond to charges that he had misled Parliament on the issue of Apco, a Washington-based public relations agency hired by the government.

Pandikar said Anwar had been given a week to respond to the charges, sparking heated protests from the opposition bench.

Gombak MP Azmin Ali was seen wagging his finger at Pandikar as his colleagues denied that Anwar was given the opportunity to defend himself.

Today is the final day of the current session of Parliament and 11 bills to be debated have been postponed to the next sitting, expected to be in March.

An unusual number of police are guarding Parliament's gates, where at least five patrol cars and more than a dozen officers were seen.


10.25am: Opposition MPs start chanting "Apco" as they thumped the tables in protest. Pandikar has effectively lost control of the House, with the MPs shouting at one another.

N Gobalakrishnan (PKR-Padang Serai) and Abdullah Sani (PKR-Kuala Langat) get into a shouting match with P Kamalanathan (BN-Hulu Selangor).

Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is to table a Cooperative College (Incorporation) Amendment Bill 2010 before Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz tables the double motions to censure Anwar (PKR-Permatang Pauh), Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor), Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) and Sivarasa Rasiah (PKR-Subang).

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