MPs divided over sex video screening suggestion

KUALA LUMPUR - The call by DAP chairman Karpal Singh for the sex video implicating Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be screened in Parliament has received mixed reaction from MPs from both sides of the political divide.

Several Barisan Nasional MPs rejected outright Karpal's suggestion but Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said he supported Karpal's call, provided it was allowed by the Speaker.

The Padang Rengas MP also expressed concern whether the screening of the controversial video implicating the Opposition Leader would contravene any law.

"If it is shown in the Dewan Rakyat that provides MPs with immunity, the national television recording the sitting could pick it up and air it for the public," he said after opening the Malaysia-Brunei-Singapore Attorneys-General annual conference in Langkawi yesterday.

Karpal has reiterated his call to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to allow MPs to view the video in Parliament on condition that it be marked as an exhibit and for all whips to be removed so that all MPs could vote according to their conscience.

Home Minister and Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said it was up to Parliament to decide on the matter.

Barisan Hulu Selangor MP P. Kamalanathan said the suggestion should not have been made in the first place.

"Parliament has its own role. Watching a sex video is not one of them," he said.

Dr Tan Seng Giaw (DAPKepong) said he had no objection to the video being screened in Parliament if it could be ascertained that such a move was legal.

-The Star/Asia News Network