PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli alleges that the move to ban non-MPs from holding press conferences in Parliament is aimed at silencing his exposes against de facto law minister Nazri Abdul Aziz.

NONE“I have already predicted such action that would be taken by Nazri Aziz, that is to use his powers to stop me from holding press conferences in Parliament.

“In my opinion, Nazri has once again acted in the manner of a conflict of interest because press conferences planned in Parliament might involve him,” said Rafizi in a statement today.

Earlier today parliamentary speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia announced that the media corner in the Parliamentary is out of bounds to non- parliamentarians.
NONELast week Rafizi, who is not an elected representative, held a press conference at the Parliament lobby alleging links between businessman Michael Chia and Nazri through a RM459,000 Hummer SUV used by Nazri’s son.

Chia is the man behind the RM40 million foreign funds that was said to have been brought from Hong Kong to the country, purportedly for Sabah Umno.

Pandikar’s announcement followed a petition by reporters working at the Parliament on the same matter, which was handed over to him and Nazri.

However, Pandikar said his decision had nothing to do with the petition and he been mulling over it for some time.

Meanwhile, Rafizi accused Nazri, who was also in charge of parliamentary affairs, of acting with conflict of interest again.

He pointed out that Nazri did not object to press conferences being held by non-parliamentarians at the parliament lobby in the past.

azlan“In fact, when the National Feedlot Corporation issue was being exposed and his colleague in the cabinet (former women’s minister) Shahrizat Abdul Jalil became a hot topic at the press conferences, he did not voice any objection to the press conferences being held at Parliament at all.

“He was also quoted repeatedly at the press conferences in Parliament supporting the call for Shahrizat’s resignation,” he said.

Rafizi said the ban would not stop PKR from drawing attention to Nazri, which would continue to hold press conference about him and the media would be given earlier notice.

He also reiterated that Nazri should be should be “more open and calm” like Shahrizat in facing questions about her integrity.