Ta­jud­din un­re­pen­tant

> Min­is­ter not sorry for ‘Kok’ com­ment, ac­cuses me­dia of bias


KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Agri­cul­ture and Agro-based In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ta­jud­din Ab­dul Rah­man ( pix) is un­re­pen­tant over his “only woman with a Kok” re­mark, say­ing he re­grets noth­ing.

Speak­ing to re­porters at the Par­lia­ment lobby yes­ter­day, Ta­jud­din in­sisted that he only meant Teresa Kok’s (DAP-Se­puteh) sur­name and that he clearly said so.

“When I said ‘Kok’, I meant her sur­name, Kok. My words were ‘the only woman with the name Kok’, that is her sur­name,” he said.

When it was pointed out to him that he did not, in fact, say “name” or “sur­name”, Ta­jud­din grew de­fen­sive and said he does not have to ex­plain in de­tail.

He also ac­cused the me­dia of be­ing bi­ased to­ward the Opposition and chal­lenged jour­nal­ists to prove his state­ment was sex­ist.

“Say what? Say what? What did I say? You show me (proof)!

“That is my way of say­ing it, is that wrong? It is up to you how you in­ter­pret it. If you have a dirty mind, then you’ll think of some­thing else,” he said.

He also ac­cused the me­dia of dou­ble stan­dards for high­light­ing his words and not the names and la­bels that the Opposition as­signed to those in the govern­ment and Barisan Na­sional.

This, Ta­jud­din said, in­cludes the word “sial” ut­tered by Khalid Sa­mad (Amanah-Shah Alam), which is akin to curs­ing some­one and can cause fights when ut­tered in a kam­pung.

For re­peat­ing the words out­side Par­lia­ment, he said Khalid will be re­ceiv­ing a let­ter of de­mand to apol­o­gise and re­tract his words.

“He re­peated it out­side the De­wan, no way he can es­cape now. My lawyers will get in touch with him,” Ta­jud­din said. He said Khalid should have abided by the Speaker’s rul­ing that he only meant the name “Kok” and was not mak­ing any in­sin­u­a­tion, even if Khalid did not agree with it.

“I was not in the De­wan but I heard about the rul­ing from oth­ers. There is no case against me and I will not be re­ferred to the Rights and Priv­i­leges Com­mit­tee.”

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