Law­mak­ers lec­tured over lan­guage

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

THE De­wan Rakyat fell silent as Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mu­lia ( pix) rep­ri­manded law­mak­ers for us­ing abu­sive words dur­ing de­bates.

Re­fer­ring to the fi­asco in the House on Mon­day, Pandikar said such con­duct could es­ca­late to a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion if im­me­di­ate ac­tion was not taken.

“I have al­ways re­minded law­mak­ers not to use such lan­guage as it could draw reper­cus­sions. That is why we do not use words that are against the Stand­ing Or­der,” he said in a stern re­buke to MPs from both sides of the po­lit­i­cal di­vide.

“If is­sues like this are not at­tended to, it would come to a day when Par­lia­ment could de­scend into chaos, like those in for­eign coun­tries, where they en­gage phys­i­cally rather than ver­bally.”

On Mon­day, Deputy Agri­cul­ture and Agro-based In­dus­tries Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ta­jud­din Ab­dul Rah­man re­ceived flak from MPs for al­legedly ut­ter­ing a sex­ist re­mark against DAP’s Se­puteh MP, Teresa Kok. Fol­low­ing Ta­jud­din’s re­mark, there was an up­roar in the House as MPs from both sides traded barbs.

Pandikar, how­ever, dis­missed a point of or­der raised by Kasthuri Patto (DAP - Batu Kawan) to re­fer Ta­jud­din to the Rights and Priv­i­leges Com­mit­tee.

He rea­soned that the chair at the time, Datuk Seri Ron­ald Kiandee, had al­ready made a rul­ing that Ta­jud­din was re­fer­ring to Kok’s sur­name, rather than mak­ing an illintended com­ment.

“The mat­ter was set­tled and a de­ci­sion had been made at the time. A mo­tion can be brought to the House if Batu Kawan does not con­cur with the de­ci­sion,” he told Patto.

He also lam­basted Patto for ly­ing to him on Mon­day by stat­ing that Kiandee had in­formed the De­wan Rakyat that the mat­ter would be re­ferred to Pandikar for de­ci­sion.

Haikal Jalil

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