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One of the nicest smiles I’ve seen of the “PM-in-Waiting” Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, also Malaysia’s first WOMAN Opposition leader in Parliament. Time to ask lots of questions and make a lot of scenes. Later she complained that her husband, another “PM-in-Waiting”, PKR advisor Anwar Ibrahim, was snubbed by Parliament. Today (April 30), we see him attending the session.
I spent half a day in Parliament on April 28 – the swearing in ceremony of new MPs. You could say it was a historical day as many of our civil society friends and supporters of human rights are sworn in as the people’s representatives. Here are a few shots of those I managed to catch up with. Sorry for the delay in uploading these photos. I told myself, I’d do it as soon as I got back to Bangkok. So, here I am…
Saw another “PM-in-Waiting” as well, this time on the UMNo side, but he was swarmped by reporters – Muhyiddin Yasin. No doubt asking him about his future plans?
MP for Gombak and Balik Pulau – PKR’s Azmin Ali and Yusmadi Yusoff (above). Azmin was quite surprised that I was back in town. “It’s time for you to be back here,” he says.
Yusmadi used to work for the firm that now represents one of the accused officers in the Altantuya’s trial. He said he was asked to resign when they found out he was Anwar’s supporter.
Below, MP for Petaling Jaya and human rights lawyer, R Sivarasa. He is close to our hearts for constantly championing civil society issues and cruel laws like the Internal Security Act.
I was happy to meet, above, PAS MP Nasharuddin Mat Isa. When I covered Parliament a few years ago, PAS was made accessible through this man and others.
Below is well-known rabble rouser turn MP for Batu Tian Chua. Now everyone wants to interview Tian Chua. Indeed, everyone loves a winner. Can a street fighter perform in Parliament? Of course, Parliament is the voice and decision of the people, right?
Below, a heart surgeon with a heart (and his heart – wife at this side). PKR’s Lee Boon Chye from Ipoh. I don’t think he could ever lose his temper.
The DAP strong-men: Lim Kit Siang and his son Lim Guan Eng (also chief minister for Penang). They were swarmed by reporters the moment they stepped into Parliament lobby. I met Guan Eng as I was leaving Parliament, at the entrance. He shook my hand firmly and told me he read my blog. Good, there are indeed too many things that I wish to talk to him about. “I’ll see you in Penang,” I told him.
Next we saw Karpal Singh and family walking into Parliament. Karpal and Gobind were flanked by their beautiful and beloved wives:
MP for Klang Charles Santiago and PAS MP, the fiery Mahfuz Omar. “I use to monitor him,” says Charles. But now both are on the same platform. Can Charles perform his civil society duties when he is MP? We shall soon see. As for me, I am happy to see Mahfuz back in action. Indeed, his arguments can ‘shake’ the dewan.
The cili-padi MP for Batu Gajah – Fong Po Kuan. As friendly and cheerful as ever. When I met Fong, she was rushing around looking for reporters to tell them that lawyer and MP for Gelugor Karpal Singh was convening a press conference for Altantuya’s dad, Stev Shariibuu at the Parliament lobby at 10.45am, right after his swearing in ceremony. “Your blog is so exciting,” she told me. I reminded her that she was featured in it, too, sometime back before the elections. “I know,” she said.
Meeting old friends again (below). Beh Lih Yi (far right) from Malaysiakini. It reminds me of my field day in Parliament when I was a journalist with the same paper. Covering the Dewan Rakyat makes me also realise that this is NOT where the action is. The action is out there – beyond the Parliament walls.
Below was someone I was delighted to meet again. Chief security at Parliament, Mani Segaran. He used to be very kind to me and other reporters, never making it a hassle for us to enter Parliament when he was still a normal guard. The time when I was working with Malaysiakini, the paper was a “guerilla” paper – it used to get kicked out of press conferences and also Parliament. Now, it has almost “celebrity” status.
Mani told me there are 40 other guards in Parliament. Wow, that’s a lot, don’t you think so? What are they guarding?