DAP REP CHIDED OVER ‘TOK LEBAI’ REMARK
Using the term recklessly an insult to Muslims, says MP
ADAP state assemblyman was chided by Deputy Speaker Shafie Ngah for using the term “Tok Lebai” in the Selangor legislative assembly yesterday.
Shafie asked Lau Weng San (Kampung Tunku member of parliament) to retract his statement twice during his motion of thanks on the royal address.
Lau had used the term “Tok Lebai” to describe a federal leader who was alleged to have caused economic instability and drop in ringgit’s value
This had raised the ire of Datuk Sulaiman Abdul Razak (Barisan Nasional-Permatang).
A shouting match ensued when Sulaiman stood up to ask Lau who was he referring to when he used the term and that it should be retracted.
“Do you understand the meaning of Tok Lebai? Do you mean to insult? Who is that Tok Lebai you are talking about? Who are you referring to? Please retract (those words),” said Sulaiman.
Shafie explained to Lau that Tok Lebai was used to refer to the religious community and asked that the assemblyman stop using the term.
Lau retracted and apologised to the house.
Sulaiman said Lau had used the term recklessly in his speech.
“I had to remind him that in Islam, it refers to the respected religious community, such as tok imam and religious school teachers.
“It was an insult to the Muslim community and it should not have happened.
“I am glad that he retracted it. I have never seen Lau lose control like that when he was told off about this,” he said.
Shafie told the New Straits Times that the term should not be used in the house as it was inappropriate.
“That was why I made a ruling that it should not be used in the house. Assemblymen should refrain from using the term in the house as it will cause a dispute among them,” said Shafie.
Lau Weng San apologising to the house during the Selangor legislative assembly yesterday.