An argument broke at the Parliament lobby between Umno MPs Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman and Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Mohamed Said.
The commotion was heard at about 1pm, when a group of reporters were interviewing MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong at the lobby.
Kuala Krai MP Ismail was the first to raise his voice at Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin, asking the latter why he “spread a photo”.
Pontian MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan was heard whispering to the two of them, asking them to calm down and saying that they were under media watch.
However, Ismail continued to shout: “Bodoh! Bangang! MP Barisan lama bodoh!” (Stupid! Idiot! Old Barisan MPs are stupid)
Tajuddin, known for having a fiery temper, turned around and shouted back: “You lah bodoh! Apa? Apa?” (You’re the stupid one! What? What?)
They were leaving the Dewan Rakyat hall when they taunted each other. They were heard saying “kalau berani datanglah sini” (if you dare, come over here) to each other, seemingly ready to engage in a brawl before security personnel, as well as other MPs, separated them.
Things heated up further with Ismail and Tajuddin trading more barbs and challenging each other to a fistfight.
“Nantilah I lawan kau. You are so stupid,” said Ismail as he walked towards Tajuddin.
Snippets of their argument included the words “sharing photo”, “daughter”, “obtaining support” with further calls of “stupid”.
The shouting match continued until the bridge leading to the Parliament tower, where Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who had just come out of the Dewan Rakyat hall, diffused the situation.
Annuar took Ismail to meet Tajuddin at the Parliament tower to talk things over.
Before leaving, Ismail explained to reporters that he was dissatisfied over a photo of his friends visiting his sick daughter, which he claimed was made viral by Tajuddin.
“It was a photo of my friends meeting my daughter, and it became an issue that I made a pact to support another leader. It is not true,” he said.
Minutes later, Tajuddin was seen entering the Parliament lobby and he said: “It was just a misunderstanding between friends. We have settled it.”
Asked to clarify more about the source of their spat, Tajuddin simply said it was a “marriage issue”, referring to the fact that it was an issue between leaders from the same party.
A check on social media found a picture of a group of Umno MPs, including Sembrong MP Hishammuddin Hussein at the home of Ismail’s son.