Speaker to MPs: Behave or Get Booted Out over Insults, Profanities

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Dewan Rakyat Speaker forced to put his foot down and warned lawmakers they would be booted out of the august House if they use inappropriate words during Question Time.

This morning at the Dewan Rakyat, International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Ong Kian Ming had just answered a question from Hamzah Zainuddin (BN-Larut) about foreign direct investments (FDI) in Malaysia, when RSN Rayer (Harapan-Jelutong) attempted to ask a follow-up question about 1MDB’s effect on such investments.

When Hamzah interrupted Rayer to state that 1MDB has little relation to the question, Rayer told him to be patient or he might use the word “kepala bapak” (your father’s head) against him.

Hamzah immediately cited Standing Order 36(4), which forbids MPs from using offensive language or making sexist remarks, and called for Rayer to retract the statement.

Last week, Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming ordered the Jelutong MP to retract and apologise for also using the term “kepala bapak”.

Hamzah also asked Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohd Ariff Yusof to advise Rayer again over the use of such words.

The Speaker then asked Rayer to withdraw the insult.

As Rayer was in the midst of retracting his statement, Abdul Rahman Mohamad (BN-Lipis) uttered a highly offensive term (p*****k) without turning on his microphone.

NST

However, the Speaker caught the use of the word, saying that what was said was worst than “kepala bapak”.

“Do not use such profanities in this honourable house. Who said that? Retract your statement,” Ariff said.

“That is incredibly rude. Retract that statement or I will ask you to leave,” he added.

Abdul Rahman tried to justify his remark, but the Speaker turned off his microphone and insisted that he retracted the statement.

Abdul Rahman then agreed to retract the statement. The Speaker then asked Rayer to continue with the retraction of his earlier insult.

Though Rayer retracted his insult, Hamzah asked the Speaker to extract a promise from Rayer not to repeat such remarks.

Rayer told Hamzah to stop interrupting him, though he later said “padan muka” (serves you right) to Hamzah.

This sparked off a fresh argument, which Ariff put a stop to by turning off all their microphones.

“This is a quid pro quo. Do not interrupt him and he will not use (insults).

“Do not extend this argument any further,” said the Speaker, citing the lack of time left for the question-and-answer session.

After about five minutes of back-and-forth and a warning from the Speaker to refrain from uttering insults or he would be forced to eject lawmakers, Rayer managed to ask his question on whether 1MDB had affected foreign direct investments in Malaysia.

Ong, who had been quiet throughout the bickering, said that no investor has formally expressed doubt about Malaysia over the 1MDB scandal.

He added that he was confident that the new government’s transparency, among others, would have a good effect on FDI in Malaysia.