IPOH, Malaysia: Several Barisan Nasional female assemblymen and their independent comrade Hee Yit Foong have claimed that they were manhandled by DAP and PKR assemblymen during Thursday's assembly sitting.
The group claimed that the fracas that ensued left them fatigued with body aches and that the physical scuffle was tantamount to sexual harassment.
Sungai Rapat assemblyman Datuk Hamidah Osman said that Barisan's five female representatives, including herself, became victims of vicious attacks when they tried to protect Hee from being harassed by the Opposition.
"There were definitely elements of sexual harassment because they came and grabbed us from the back," she said yesterday, adding that she might lodge a police report.
They, however, stressed that PAS assemblymen had been very polite and well behaved throughout the sitting and even thanked them for staying out of the drama.
Hamidah said that it was clear the Barisan representatives were the victims because the ruckus only took place on the Barisan side of the hall.
"This shows that they had been the ones to attack us. Naturally, we had to respond in self-defence. None of our assemblymen had crossed over to their side," she said.
Hee said that her former colleagues from DAP had not just hurled rude words at her but nearly slammed the hard-cover Standing Orders into her face.
"I have the book which contains the signature of the person who owns it," she said, adding that she might lodge a police report.
Meanwhile, principal assistant to the State Secretary (management services division) Shamshuzaman Sulaiman said about 10 microphones were damaged and a large flowerpot smashed during the chaos.
A number of microphones on the tables had been pulled out during the melee.
He said the flower pot was shattered when policemen were dragging former Speaker V. Sivakumar out of the House.
He said the State Secretariat would have to discuss with the Public Works Department on the repairs.
Hamidah told reporters yesterday that she saw Pasir Pinji assemblyman Thomas Su damaging the microphones.
"He broke at least three microphones. I saw him doing it right in front of me," she claimed.
Kampung Gajah assemblyman Dr Wan Norashikin Wan Noordin claimed that Su had even shoved her hands aside when she tried to protect the microphone.
"I was trying to allow the new Speaker (Datuk R. Ganesan) to address the House but Su pushed my hands away and broke the microphone.
"When we moved the Speaker to a different block, he (Su) did the same thing," she said.
When contacted, Su said: "Well, there was a tussle and the situation was so chaotic. Who knows, they (Barisan assemblymen) could have been the ones who broke them."