KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed says those who commit crimes in restricted areas like Parliament should be punished harshly.
The Deputy Home Minister was referring to an altercation between eight individuals and Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad in Parliament grounds on Nov 24.
The eight were charged under Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955, which carries a maximum fine of RM100.
“If it was up to me, the punishment would be much heavier but it is up to the police and the justice system,” Nur Jazlan said at a Pemadam function in Sungai Besi Friday.
He said he feared that the light penalty under the present charge would send out a message that an institution like Parliament was insignificant.
It was reported that Firdaus Tajuddin, the son of Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, and seven others from the Pasir Salak Umno Youth division mobbed Khalid at the entrance to Parliament.
A scuffle ensued and one of the group members even tried to punch on the Opposition MP, who was shielded by security personnel and escorted into the building.
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