Petaling Jaya Utara Maria Chin Abdullah denied participating in a clandestine meeting of 22 MPs with Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali late last night.
The first-time lawmaker wondered at the fuss in Parliament after exiting another closed-door meeting on economic policies this afternoon chaired by Azmin.
“For me, it was on the economic policy. We were just having our usual discussion on economic policies, not anything related with PKR.
“It’s a closed-door meeting on economic policies, so not up to me to say who is there,” she told reporters in Parliament who asked if the afternoon meeting was a political matter.
The former electoral watchdog activist pointed out that economic policies are a political matter, but it was not related to the party, noting that such meetings were usually not covered by the press.
“It’s just that it came immediately after last night’s meeting, but I was not even b***** there,” she said referring to the much talked about meeting at Azmin’s Putrajaya home involving Umno MPs last night.
“Somebody go and put up a poster with my face there, it’s really disgusting,” she added, this time referring to a digital poster being circulated of five PKR MPs, including Maria, who were depicted as “traitors” for allegedly attending last night’s meeting.
The poster was shared by a Facebook user under the name ‘Ah Tan’.
It listed Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin, Batu Pahat MP and Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Datuk Rashid Hasnon, deputy transport minister and Bandar Tun Razak MP Datuk Kamarudin Jaafar as well as Nibong Tebal MP Datuk Mansor Othman, as among the attendees.
After courting much controversy over a meeting held at his official residence in Putrajaya last night with several opposition lawmakers, Azmin added fuel to the fire with another meeting today, but this time with members of his own party.
The Gombak MP entered the parliament building at around 2.40pm, making his way to the chamber.
At 3pm, Azmin was seen in the temporary parliament building, with reporters spotting several PKR MPs also entering.
Aside from Maria, Edmund Santhara (Segamat), Mansor Othman (Nibong Tebal), Willie Mongin (Puncak Borneo) and Mohd Rashid Hasnon (Batu Pahat) were also present.