Pakatan MPs in partial boycott of Parliament sitting

Pakatan MPs in partial boycott of Parliament sitting
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim shouts to his supporters at a court house in Putrajaya March 7, 2014. A Malaysian court sentenced Anwar to five years in jail on Friday after finding the former deputy prime minister guilty of sodomizing his aide in 2008.

KUALA LUMPUR - Pakatan Rakyat male MPs turned up in Parliament garbed in black suits marking a partial boycott against yesterday's sitting.

The Opposition MPs turned up for the official opening of the first meeting of the second session of the 13th Parliament by the King.

However, they somewhat started their protest by refusing to wear the customary ceremonial attire and by not attending the lunch reception which was held following the King's Royal Address yesterday.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said an official letter has been sent to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong expressing their stand and decision to boycott as announced during their recent convention.

The Pakatan MPs were mainly protesting against Anwar's sodomy conviction and five-year jail sentence by the Court of Appeal.

"We attended the opening ceremony and address out of respect and loyalty to the King.

"But we have no regard or respect for the Cabinet or rulers of the country. Therefore, we are not even going to attend the reception.

"We are also not attending tomorrow's sitting," Anwar said after the Royal Address yesterday.

The PKR leader said the boycott was not only about his case but also about other matters, including DAP chairman Karpal Singh's sentencing today for sedition.

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