Controversial Kinabatangan lawmaker Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin has managed to escape parliamentary punishment for using the F-word in the Dewan Rakyat two months ago, after he issued an apology.
The motion to cite the Barisan Nasional MP to Parliament’s Rights and Privileges Committee was withdrawn by Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamarudin after the apology was made in the House on Thursday (Oct 18).
“I am very regretful for using the word and sincerely apologise to the Speaker and the House, particularly women MPs.
“I give my assurance that it will not happen again in the future and hope my sincere apology is accepted,” he said when addressing the House.
Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof took note of Zuraida’s decision to withdraw her motion against Bung.
“The motion has been withdrawn, and I consider the matter settled once and for all through the spirit of togetherness from both sides,” he said.
The Sabahan lawmaker used the F-word against Willie Mongin (PH-Puncak Borneo) after the latter questioned if Bung had gone to a casino.
The incident happened on Aug 7 when the Sales Tax Bill was being debated.
The motion was filed by Zuraida who said Bung had used a rude word which was offensive to MPs, especially women, and tarnished Parliament’s image.
Zuraida chose to withdraw her motion to discipline Bung since he had promised to reform himself, saying her decision was so the Dewan Rakyat will not have to waste time on petty issues.
“I hope Kinabatangan will rid himself of his bad habits and elevate this noble House. I accept Kinabatangan’s apology and hope Kinabatangan will be able to control his emotions and not he will not repeat the same mistake,” she said.