MP asks Speaker to press for stronger charge against Parliament rioters

Khalid Samad said that the PH presidential council has also given a deadline for seat talks to be concluded, and that it should be done before January 7. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 ― Khalid Samad urged Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to seek more severe charges against eight people who allegedly rioted inside the Parliament compound last year.

He claimed the group should be charged under Section 124 of the Penal Code for assault on a member of parliament, which permits a maximum seven-year prison sentence upon conviction.

The Shah Alam MP expressed belief that Pandikar could sway the Attorney-General (AG) on the matter.

“Do not insult Parliament like this, you (AG) are making the Parliament look unimportant,” Khalid told reporters in a press conference this morning.

The eight, who allegedly attacked Khalid during a scuffle when the latter was walking to Parliament from his car on November 24 last year, were charged today at the magistrate’s court here under the Minor Offences Act and could be fined up to RM100 for the incident.

The group included the son of Deputy Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.