Nazri always felt that he was the sole defender of what happens in Parliament, and anything that happens there must be done with his knowledge. Unfortunately, the barring of the press reporters from entering the lobby of the Parliament puts him in an embarrassing situation.
Nazri said the idea did not come from him. Originally the 3 speakers were made out to be authors of this scheme, but they too demurred realising the seriousness of barring the press reporters, and seeing the type of hype that was created. Hell broke loose when the Deputy Prime Minister wanted to have a press conference, and all reporters boycotted the event, except for Bernama.
Till date nobody knows who decided on the barring of the reporters.
As usual Nazri is barking up the wrong tree, what the Barisan Nasional backbenches club did was to save the government from loss of face, considering the stupidity of the move, and they removed the barricades.
Nazri wanted to be a hero, and when someone else stole away the privilege, he is getting angry. Poor Nazri.
Rift between Nazri and Tiong widens
KUALA LUMPUR: The feud between Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz, minister in charge of Parliament affairs and Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BBC) chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has gathered momentum.
“I am expecting the BBC to recommend to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to sack me as a minister. If they dare not do that on Monday, then shut up and don’t talk anymore,” said Nazri.
He said this in response to Tiong’s statement that the club was upset with Nazri, a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, who had called the BBC members childish and gangster-like after they removed the barricade at Parliament lobby on Tuesday. The barrier was put up to ban reporters from moving freely in the lobby area.
Tiong said the backbenchers felt insulted by Nazri’s remarks.
He said that BBC checked with both Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and Nazri before removing the barricade.
He said both had said that they were not aware of the barricade.
Tiong had also said that the BBC would hold a meeting on Monday to discuss the issue and decide on the next course of action to be taken as they felt Nazri had gone overboard.