Umno supreme council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman has slammed Rembau parliamentarian Khairy Jamaluddin for being “disrespectful” to Umno by not joining the walkout protest in Parliament yesterday.
“When you are a party member, you can have different opinions and stand on certain issues, but you have to abide by the decision of the party instead of (sticking with) your personal decision.
“That’s the rule for being a party member and he (Khairy) should be a team member,” Tajuddin told Malaysiakini.
“If it was a mistake because he is an up and coming young man, who sometimes follows his emotion and is a little bit egoistic, it is okay.
“Just don’t do it again. If he does, the party will not tolerate,” he added.
The first day of Dewan Rakyat sitting yesterday was marred by the walkout protest by lawmakers from BN and PAS who claimed that the appointment of speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof was not done according to the standing orders.
The opposition insisted that the Dewan Rakyat secretary was not notified of the candidate for speaker 14 days before the meeting.
Besides Khairy, former foreign minister and Kimanis MP Anifah Aman also sat in the Dewan during the walkout.
The matter courted mixed reaction from netizens, with some making him a subject of memes, while others praised him for being a professional and doing the right thing.
Tajuddin was perplexed with Khairy getting credit for the latter.
“What right thing did he do? What wrong did we do? Why must he get the credit, because what he did was wrong,” he insisted.
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