KUALA LUMPUR: Jul 14, 2008 By ROYCE CHEAH
Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (centre), leaving Dewan Parliament after the emergency motion of no confidence against the Pime Minister was rejected by Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia in his chambers Monday
Pakatan Rakyat leaders condemned police reaction to the emergency motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister by turning Parliament into a “ war-zone”.
After staging a walk-out in Parliament when the motion was rejected and appeal to Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia was turned down , Parti Keadilan Rakyat president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR - Permatang Pauh), DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang (DAP - Ipoh Timur) and PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa (PAS - Bachok), held a press conference to voice their disappointment.
“Today is a day we have never seen in history. Parliament has became a war zone,” Dr wan Azizah said, referring to the massive police presence and barbed wires on the Parliament bridge.
She the motion was something that Pakatan Rakyat MPs were voicing out for the people and as such the reaction by the police was unbelievable.
“I regret that this has to happen and that is why we are feeling so disappointed and sad,” she said.
When asked if she had expected the motion to be rejected, Dr Wan Azizah said the Opposition always expected the Speaker to use his discretionary powers to reject a motion without giving a reason.
“However, this will not stop us from voicing out the people’s aspirations,” she said.
Lim described the police action as "outrageous and disgraceful", adding that it had caused a lot of inconvenience to the public.
“Mobilising the police to lock up Kuala Lumpur without reason is puzzling,” he said.
Nasharuddin said MPs were also affected by the traffic jams and that Pakatan Rakyat had never issued any instructions for a demonstration.
“We look at it as a provocation against the opposition and the people,” he said.