DAP REP CHIDED OVER ‘TOK LEBAI’ RE­MARK

Us­ing the term reck­lessly an in­sult to Mus­lims, says MP

New Straits Times - - News - DAWN CHAN SHAH ALAM news@nst.com.my

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.

PIC BY ROSDAN WAHID

Lau Weng San apol­o­gis­ing to the house dur­ing the Se­lan­gor leg­isla­tive assem­bly yes­ter­day.

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