Deputy home minister says alleged assault of MP Khalid Samad is a serious offence as it happened on Parliament grounds

KUALA LUMPUR: The alleged attackers of Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad should have been charged with a more serious offence instead of one that provides for a small fine, said Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed today.

Jazlan said he viewed the incident seriously because it happened in Parliament building and could tarnish its mage.

“I regret the incident as Parliament is a restricted place. The incident undermines our parliamentary system,” he said after officiating an event at Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia.

Khalid has questioned the Attorney-General Chambers’ decision to charge the suspects under the Minor Offences Act 1955.

Khalid said he would be writing to the AG’s office to review the charges on the eight individuals, who were charged at the KL magistrate’s court last week.

“The charge under Section 14 of the Act only gives out a maximum punishment of RM100 fine,” Khalid said recently.

“This is an insult not only to the Member of Parliament but also to the Parliament institution,” he said.

Jazlan also criticised one of the alleged attackers, Faisal Tajudin, for blaming the police for arresting the suspects.

“I also regret Faisal’s statement in blaming the police. He should not blame the authorities as they are performing their duties,” Jazlan said.

Faisal, son of Pasir Salak MP Tajudin Abdul Rahman, said he did not mean to attack Khalid but was trying to seek an explanation from the Amanah MP.

He said it would be stupid of him to attack a parliamentarian on parliament grounds and that the police were wrong in apprehending him and several others.

Last November, Khalid was attacked by a group believed to be supporters of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Deputy Minister Tajudin Abdul Rahman.

The attack was a result of a heated argument involving Tajudin and Khalid in the Dewan Rakyat following an alleged rude remark made by Tajudin days earlier.