‘Kutty’ ex­change leaves house in stitches

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The De­wan Rakyat was filled with laugh­ter yes­ter­day when Mus­lim mem­bers of par­lia­ment openly joked about their In­dian her­itage.

This was in ref­er­ence to the de­ba­cle over for­mer prime min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s al­leged In­dian her­itage, which was men­tioned by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi re­cently.

The ex­change hap­pened when Datuk Seri Ab­dul Azeez Rahim (BN-Bal­ing) asked how the gov­ern­ment could help the Ro­hingya, while urg­ing op­po­si­tion MPs to join hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions re­gard­less whether they were “Kutty or non-Kutty”.

Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Reezal Mer­i­can Naina Mer­i­can jok­ingly re­sponded to Azeez: “This ques­tion is so long... this is how a ma­mak asks ques­tions.”

Mah­fuz Omar (Pas-Pokok Sena) then stood up and laughed, say­ing: “The one who is an­swer­ing is also the same.”

“The one who is an­swer­ing is from a higher caste,” Reezal shot back, draw­ing laugh­ter from the house.

Later, DAP ad­viser Lim Kit Siang launched a tirade against journalists when asked about the is­sue raised by Per­tubuhan Minda Sosial Pri­hatin pres­i­dent Ramesh Rao, who wanted Lim to clar­ify his place of birth.

“I was a re­porter be­fore and if the story is trash, I will in­ves­ti­gate first. So in­ves­ti­gate be­fore ask­ing, other­wise it will re­flect on you and your news­pa­per,” he said.

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