In the House

> Topic of race-based pol­i­tics sets as­sem­bly­men off against one an­other

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SHAH ALAM: State assem­bly Speaker Han­nah Yeoh had a tough time bring­ing the house to or­der after an ar­gu­ment broke out over the is­sue of race-based pol­i­tics.

The com­mo­tion started as Amirudin Shari (PKR-Batu Caves), who is state exco mem­ber for Youth, Sports, Cul­tural and En­trepreneur­ship De­vel­op­ment, was re­ply­ing to Saari Sun­gib (Amanah-Hulu Ke­lang), who asked about the state govern­ment’s stand on the is­sue and ef­forts to elim­i­nate such prac­tices.

Amirudin said race-based pol­i­tics is of­ten played up for po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency but have far-reach­ing and neg­a­tive con­se­quences, adding that the state govern­ment at­tempts to help all, re­gard­less of race and re­li­gion, and hopes it will help the state shift from such pol­i­tics.

Yaakob Sa­pari (PKR-Kota Ang­gerik) then claimed in a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion that Umno and BN as a whole is re­spon­si­ble for much of the racial rhetoric in Malaysian pol­i­tics.

This prompted Su­laiman Ab­dul Razak (BN-Per­matang) to raise Stand­ing Or­der 36(6), which states as­sem­bly­men can­not ut­ter ma­li­cious state­ments with ill-in­tent against an­other mem­ber of the House.

Su­laiman said the govern­ment can­not claim moral high ground as DAP had caused the May 13 racial ri­ots.

This in­censed exco mem­ber for Trade and In­dus­try Datuk Teng Chang Khim (DAP-Sun­gai Pi­nang), who called Su­laiman “bodoh”, which an­gered other op­po­si­tion as­sem­bly­men.

Shout­ing en­sued be­tween BN as­sem­bly­men and govern­ment back­benchers, who de­manded each other re­tract their state­ments.

Yeoh at­tempted to calm the sit­u­a­tion by or­der­ing the as­sem­bly­men to sit down, to no avail.

“You are all as­sem­bly­men elected by vot­ers, let’s not ac­cuse one an­other like we are chil­dren,” a vis­i­bly ex­as­per­ated Yeoh said.

She later man­aged to get the as­sem­bly­men in­volved to re­tract their re­spec­tive of­fend­ing state­ments, be­fore the assem­bly re­sumed.

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