WHATEVER IS REPORTED ABOUT DAP MP ER TECK HWA IS NOT GOOD!
Saturday, 15 June 2013 09:05
MR KIASU: I’m not playing hero – DAP’s Er Teck Hwa
DAP’s MP for Bakri Er Teck Hwa said he was not trying to play hero when he attended the MP’s briefing on Tuesday.
He said he attended the briefing for fear he would miss out any important message.
As Pakatan Rakyat had earlier decided to boycott the briefing, Er became the only opposition MP to have attended the briefing.
He told Sin Chew Daily many people had offered him all kinds of views, some saying he was the “lone ranger” and “enjoying being pursued by the media” or “having good time with MPs from BN.”
“I accept the views of different individuals, but I don’t understand why they must brand me this way. If I want to act hero, there are other ways I can do it.”
As for the accusation that he was “having a good time with MPs from BN, Er said being a public figure it was natural for him to put on a smiling face and be friendly to people.
When asked why he didn’t leave the briefing or call other DAP leaders seeing no other Pakatan MPs at the briefing, Er said he would normally attend am evemt after receiving the invitation and so he didn’t find it a need to consult other party leaders.
The Malaysian Insider
The PR leadership council had decided to boycott the sitting in its last meeting to signify its protest against the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government for its alleged refusal to adhere to demands for electoral reform.
Bakri MP Er Teck Hwa was the only MP of the DAP’s 38 federal lawmakers and Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) collective 89 representatives who turned up for the briefing at the Parliament House this morning.
He has apologized.
Bakri MP apologises for violating Pakatan boycott order
KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 – DAP’s Bakri MP Er Teck Hwa has apologised to his party for mistakenly attending today’s parliamentary briefing despite an order to boycott the meet as a symbolic gesture in Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) reforms protest.
The second-term parliamentarian said he had missed the email instruction sent to all 38 DAP lawmakers last week as he had not gone through all correspondence in his email inbox.
“This is my mistake for not thoroughly going through all the messages and email for this specific order to boycott today’s briefing and stirring up more controversy on [the] current political scenario,” he said in a statement here.
“I would like to express my most sincere apologies for my inappropriate actions and humbly accept any disciplinary action that might be taken against me.”
Bakri MP gets DAP show cause letter
KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 – The DAP has issued a show cause letter on Bakri MP Er Teck Hwa for violating a party directive to boycott this morning’s parliamentary briefing.
DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke told The Malaysian Insider that Er, a second-term federal lawmaker, would have seven days to respond to the letter before he is referred to the party’s disciplinary committee.
“He has to explain. We are giving him a chance to explain,” he said when contacted here.
In an apparent boycott, 88 of the 89 Pakatan Rakyat members of parliament did not turn up at Parliament House this morning for a briefing on seating, among other issues.
The lone person in attendance from the opposition camp was the DAP’s Bakri MP Er Teck Hwa.
“We practise democracy, those who come, come. Those who do not come, do not come,” outgoing Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia told a press conference after opening the session.
“I assume all who are absent have their reasons and will not imply that it is a boycott.”
Pandikar clarified that attendance is not compulsory.
“This is mainly for new MPs. Senior ones should attend if they respect their place where they work, but we understand that some have reasons why they cannot come.”
He pointed out, however, that their absence would make things more complicated for themselves.
They were to have placed their order for uniforms and apply for identity cards and other items at counters set up for their convenience today.
Er (right) later told reporters that he was there to find out about the new parliamentary regulations.
Asked if he expected to be sanctioned for attending when the other Pakatan MPs were absent, he refused comment.
Pakatan Rakyat should take bold steps in fighting the “stolen election” by boycotting the Dewan Rakyat’s swearing-in ceremony, says Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin.
The boycott, he said, would be a “symbolic gesture” to show that Pakatan is serious in wanting to resolve alleged election fraud in the May 5 polls.
Sim (left) urged Pakatan leaders to seriously deliberate the matter before arriving at a decision by consensus.
However, he said the boycott should just apply to the swearing-in ceremony and not the sitting.
“Without such bold steps from us, there would be no proper reforms but there would only be more crackdowns on Pakatan leaders and supporters,” he said, referring to the arrests and prosecution of politicians, and organisers of the nationwide ‘Black 505′ rallies to condemn electoral fraud.
PAS and DAP had responded to a statement by PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim last Friday, who said that he was considering boycotting the opening session of the 13th Parliament in view of widespread criticism over the election outcome.
Anwar will also not be submitting any parliamentary questions for ministerial replies.
‘Like Mahatma Gandhi’
Sim, who was Anwar’s (right) former political secretary, said the boycott was just a “symbolic gesture”, and examples of similar actions can be drawn from all over the world.