There’s a ‘bastard’ in the August House and it takes the form of the MP for Pasir Salak. This racist is totally unfit to be an MP and should be disciplined for his gutter behaviour.
Is this the best UMNO can offer?? Sheesh!!
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 – It is often referred to as “this august house” but conduct in the Dewan Rakyat today plumbed new depths with obscene language that would make even a street walker protest.
More than eyebrows were raised when a government MP called an opposition member a “bastard”.
Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak) used the expletive on M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) after the Ipoh Barat member said the Pasir Salak Indian community “hated” Tajuddin.
Immediately, a furious Tajuddin yelled out “Bastard!”, and repeated the insult.
“You bloody bastard, show me proof,” Tajuddin screamed.
As one, opposition MPs objected to the profane language, prompting the deputy speaker, Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, to tell Tajuddin to retract the offensive word.
However, Tajuddin replied that he would take it back only if Kulasegaran also retracted his allegation.
“He said I am hated (benci) by the Indians in Pasir Salak. How does he know this?” he said.
Kulasegaran replied that his statement was fair comment.
“I was the MP for Teluk Intan, which is the neighbouring constitutency to Pasir Salak. I have friends and relatives there (Pasir Salak). Surely, I am allowed to speak the truth,” he said.
The deputy speaker then said that Kulasegaran had provoked Tajuddin when he used the word “benci”.
“That is strong. You should not have used it. I think you should withdraw that word and I will instruct him (Tajuddin) to withdraw the unparliamentary word he used,” Wan Junaidi said.
Kulasegaran: “I have heard a lot of unparliamentary words. This is the first time I hear that hate is not an acceptable term. I will withdraw it and replace it with ‘don’t like him’ (tak suka).”
Wan Junaidi then told Tajuddin to withdraw his offensive remark.
“I withdraw the word but he shamed me,” he said.
The “solution” was not entirely satisfactory to several members, including Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut), who asked for clarification.
“Two weeks ago, when Karpal Singh told the Speaker to be serious … he was thrown out. But here, Pasir Salak used the word bastard twice and nothing was done. Why is there a double standard?” Lip Eng asked Wan Junaidi.
Wan Junaidi said the earlier decision was made by the chair (Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia).
“What he (Tajuddin) said has been retracted. The issue resolved,” he said.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 – Pasir Salak MP Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman’s challenge to “settle with me outside” yesterday was not the first time he has challenged another elected representative to a fight.
This was revealed by Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Taiping), who three years ago as Pantai Remis assemblyman was involved in a fracas with the then Kampung Gajah assemblyman in the Perak state assembly.
Nga, in trying to push an emergency motion on the haze situation at that point, had accused Tajuddin of being impatient to sit on the state exco.
“I will punch him!” Tajuddin had shouted at Nga, to which Nga replied, “Come here, then.”
Tajuddin, seated six seats away from Nga, approached Nga in a menacing manner but was restrained, with the sergeant-at-arms intervening to prevent any fisticuffs.
Yesterday, after calling M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) “a bloody bastard,” the Umno MP had challenged Kulasegaran to a fight, claiming
“You picked on the wrong guy. Settle this with me outside.”
In the Dewan Rakyat today, DAP chairman Karpal Singh asked the Speaker to rule that Tajuddin must apologise for his remark.
“The words ‘bastard’ and ‘bloody bastard’ are not merely un-parliamentary, it is more than that because of what it means. It cannot just be retracted, he must apologise or be referred to the Privileges Committee,” the Bukit Gelugor MP said.
Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said he agreed with Karpal but that “since I became speaker, many, including Bukit Gelugor, have spoken unparliamentarily” but he did not take action “to ensure the debate is robust and alive.”
“I will not play around. From now on , I will take action and I have instructed my deputies to do the same,” he said.
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang also called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi to take action on the government MP to ensure “such boorish behaviour which is in utter contempt of Parliament” does not happen again.
“One of these days, someone will use a four-letter word and then just withdraw it,” he said.
‘Take action against unparliamentary MP’
By LEE YUK PENG and LOH FOON FONG
KUALA LUMPUR: MPs from DAP have called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to take action against Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN – Pasir Salak) who used the words “b***** b******” against M. Kulasegaran ( DAP – Ipoh Barat) to prevent a recurrence.
Lim Kit Siang (DAP – Ipoh Timur) said Tajuddin’s behaviour was totally unacceptable.
“His behavior is a disgrace to MPs,’’ said Lim, urging Abdullah take serious attention to prevent a recurrence.
Lim said this Thursday at the Parliament lobby where Nga Kor Ming (DAP – Taiping) said Tajuddin, who was once a state assemblyman for Kampung Gajah, nearly assaulted him.
Nga said he subsequantly lodged a police report against Tajuddin and also called for his datukship to be revoked.
Kulasegaran said it was uncalled for when Tajuddin said “Let’s go and fight outside”.
“Why should there be a fist fight? We can disagree to agree,’’ he said.
Deputy Speaker Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said Tajuddin was easily provoked but should not have used the unparliamentary words.
“I was upset that he used the words. It was not right. It disturbed me. It also disturbed me for not sending him out of Dewan at that time,’’ said Dr Wan Junaidi. Inside Dewan Rakyat, Karpal Singh (DAP – Bukit Gelugor) raised the matter again, pointing out that based on the Standing Order 64, action should be taken against Tajuddin for using such words.
The Dewan went into an uproar and Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia told the Dewan not to interfere when an MP was speaking.
“We are not playing the fool now. Don’t interfere, I want to hear Bukit Gelugor because he is the longest-serving MP,” he told the Dewan when some burst out laughing.
(Pandikar Amin had adopted Karpal’s use of the words “main-main”, or playing the fool, which had caused the latter to be suspended from the Dewan for two days recently.)
“Tuan Speaker, saya tidak ‘main-main’,” Karpal Singh replied when the Dewan continued to murmur and Pandikar Amin said that if the MPs continue to interfere in the questioning session, he would walk out of the place.
Karpal Singh continued by saying that the words Tajuddin used could not just be retracted. He added that Tajuddin must apologise or disciplinary action be taken against him in that he should be referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee. “Can I have a ruling on this, Tuan Speaker?” he asked.
Pandikar Amin said while he agreed with Karpal Singh, the problem was deemed resolved when both Kulasegaran and Tajuddin had retracted both their statements.
“If any MPs do this again, I will not hesitate to take stern action,” he said.
On Wednesday, Kulasegaran had said that many Indians in Pasir Salak hated Tajuddin and the latter called him a b***** b******.