Veterans group Patriot today hit out at rowdy MPs for their inappropriate conduct in the Dewan Rakyat.
“These are the same MPs that had caused a ruckus at almost every parliamentary session but are continuously voted in for reasons best known to their voters.
“Malaysians are ashamed of the antics displayed by these MPs that had desecrated the august House likening it to a wet market where shouting and the use of abusive language is the norm.
“They simply ignored the fact that they are lawmakers, some bearing honorific titles, and supposedly imbued with the intellect to conduct themselves with decorum, dignity and full respect of the august House,” said Patriot president Brigadier-General (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji in a statement today.
“How could they be called Yang Berhormat when their behaviour does not reflect a person that is well-tutored, learned and with intellect?
“Their uncouth behaviour shown in Parliament is reflective they have none of the prerequisite traits of an MP; hence they do not deserve to be called Yang Berhormat and to be respected,” decried Arshad.
“If our MPs are unable to learn manners and good behaviour as demanded of them during parliamentary sessions, then they ought to resign, quit politics and cease wasting public money,” he added.
He said that these MPs should learn how the MPs in Singapore conduct themselves.
“They conduct themselves with full decorum and respect, not only towards other MPs, but also more importantly towards the august House.
“It is time for voters, particularly those voting for the first time to consider the merits and demerits of each individual candidate in order to weed out undesirable candidates from being elected as MPs.
“Malaysians deserve progressive, intellectual, honourable and well-mannered MPs; certainly not the like of those MPs who caused a ruckus during the Monday parliamentary session,” added Arshad.
The first sitting on Monday was interrupted by constant haranguing and shouting by MPs from both sides of the fence, especially on the motion to replace the speaker.
Arshad also took exception to taunts aimed at former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, saying he was a 95-year-old opposition MP who was once the nation’s prime minister for 22 years, and had brought about a number of outstanding achievements to the nation when those that had taunted him were mere political novices.
“Their behaviour is a bad example to our children; a sight no parents would want to see their children do onto persons that are much older than them.”
Umno’s Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim was also forced to apologise and to retract his offensive remarks at Kasthuriraani Patto (DAP-Batu Kawan).