More than 100 journalists were not allowed into the lobby area which was barricaded with red tapes and manned by security staff.
Parliament secretariat had said that the barriers were up for the sake of security.
How can parliement ammend such a ruling? I think they try to hide something from public…
Or maybe because Pakatan rakyat getting wide coverage after the recent general election…
According to Malaysiakini, Deputy speaker Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, who was presiding over the parliamentary sitting yesterday morning, said the decision had been made by the speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia and another deputy speaker Ronald Kiandee collectively.
He added that based on his visits to parliaments abroad such as in the United Kingdom and Australia, he had never seen a parliament so “chaotic” and “swarmed with reporters” as the one in Malaysia.
“By imposing such restrictions merely for the personal comfort and conveniences of certain individuals would contravene the basic spirit of democracy and respect the sanctity of Parliament where reporters can carry out their duties to communicate debate on policy in an accurate and professional manner,” said Lim Guan Eng
“The journalists have been treated as wild and dangerous animals that so much so they have to be caged,” said Lim KIt Siang, adding that the ruling will become a laughing stock in the eyes of the world.
Responding to the comments, Pandikar Amin Mulia ask “Since when Bagan (Guan Eng) and Batu Gajah (Fong) are interested to become the editors?” “How do we know whether those showing the press tag are indeed journalists?”
Isnt that funny and childish? Come on Pandikar Amin, be a man…
He want to ensure parliement’s safety, but parliement itself not a safe place for journalist especially… remember the missing laptop and purse belong to Malaysiakini reporter?