War of words between Anwar's daughter and BN MP

War of words between Anwar's daughter and BN MP
Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah (L) and Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman (R)

A war of words erupted between Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman and opposition lawmakers over Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy conviction.

The heated exchange happened when Azalina chided the Opposition for criticising the Federal Court's decision.

"The accusations are serious as it damages the integrity of the judiciary. They even accuse the judges of having sold their souls to the devil for power and material," she said when debating the motion of thanks on the Royal Address.

She singled out Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah who had read out her father's speech on Tuesday in his capacity as Opposition Leader and Permatang Pauh MP.

"I feel bad for the Lembah Pantai MP as she is his eldest daughter and it is her responsibi­lity to defend him."

Azalina also chided the Opposition for practising "selective memory and judgment" with regards to the judiciary, adding that several of their leaders had won in defamation cases.

"When they win, they will say the judiciary is good but when they lose, they say the judges are in league with the devil," she said.

Nurul Izzah then interjected, saying that "as an MP, I can take criticism but not when it is personal against me as a daughter" as several Opposition MPs heckled Azalina.

Deputy Speaker Datuk Ismail Mohamed Said then reminded lawmakers not to interrupt or else they would be ejected from Dewan Rakyat.

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