It started with An­nuar ‘con­grat­u­lat­ing’ Kit Siang

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THE De­wan Rakyat de­scended into chaos yes­ter­day with par­lia­men­tar­i­ans from both sides of the di­vide hurl­ing in­sults at each other.

The pan­de­mo­nium started when Tan Sri An­nuar Musa (BN-Ketereh) took the floor and “con­grat­u­lated” Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ge­lang Patah) for his long po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, say­ing that he had even gone past for­mer prime min­is­terTun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad, Zim­bab­wean pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe and for­mer Philip­pine pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos.

“Ge­lang Patah has gone through 50 years of his po­lit­i­cal rhetoric. I would like to con­grat­u­late him.”

He said that Kit Siang’s pol­i­tics had not changed, caus­ing the lat­ter to stand up to in­ter­ject.

When An­nuar re­fused to give way, Kit Siang hit back at him, say­ing if the for­mer did not want him to speak, he should not make wild ac­cu­sa­tions.

“What is the point of ac­cus­ing? You are a cow­ard,” Kit Siang said.

At this junc­ture, Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segam­but) stood up and called An­nuar a cow­ard and chicken s***.

He took things up a notch by shout­ing: “Duduk! Di­amlah! Pon­dan diam! Separuh jan­tan!” (Sit down! Be quiet! Be quiet, sissy! Half-male!)

An­nuar said when the Ge­lang Patah mem­ber of par­lia­ment spoke be­fore him, Barisan Na­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tives did not in­ter­rupt.

Things got heated again when An­nuar said Dr Ma­hathir once said Kit Siang was a racist.

It did not sit well with Teo Kok Seong (DAP-Rasah), who stood up to de­fend Kit Siang and asked An­nuar to re­tract the word.

In re­turn, Datuk Wira Oth­man Ab­dul (BN-Pen­dang) stood up and said: “Tun Ma­hathir said it. Bodoh punya Rasah” (Stupid Rasah).

An­nuar also al­luded that Kit Siang was anti-Is­lam.

“I am of the view that society does not feel he sup­ports Is­lam. Whether he is or isn’t anti-Is­lam, Pas would know. Your op­po­si­tion to Marang’s (Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang) sug­ges­tion is an in­di­ca­tion that you do not re­spect Is­lam.”

The heck­ling prompted Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Ron­ald Kiandee to sin­gle out those who hurled in­sults, re­mind­ing them that there were rules to be fol­lowed.

“Do not dis­rupt pro­ceed­ings this way. You know the rules.”

Ear­lier, An­nuar said as long as Pakatan Hara­pan was dom­i­nated by DAP, BN would not be afraid to face them in the com­ing gen­eral elec­tion.

“They can do what­ever they want. BN can rely on its track record. BN is for the peo­ple. Pakatan is pro-DAP.

“We do not feel anx­ious or afraid of them. We are ready to face a pro-DAP Pakatan.”

He said even af­ter 13 re­jec­tions, the op­po­si­tion had not changed; the gov­ern­ment’s suc­cess was a night­mare to them.

“If the econ­omy is good, the unity is im­prov­ing and the gov­ern­ment is sta­ble, these are bad news for the op­po­si­tion.”

An­nuar also said the op­po­si­tion had claimed that the gov­ern­ment was sell­ing the coun­try when a for­eign gov­ern­ment in­vested in Malaysia.

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