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Bung: I’m a victim of sexual harassment

 | March 30, 2011

Controversial MP Bung Mokhtar Radin has turned the table on his critics over his remarks about women drivers.

KUALA LUMPUR: Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokhtar Radin was yesterday accused of being a sexist when he said females are lousy drivers.

But today he turned the table on his critics when he claimed he is a victim of sexual harassment.

Bung Mokhtar, an Umno supreme council member, had said in Parliament that most women drivers were to be blamed for road accidents and that they do not concentrate on the road.

“After my statement, I have become the focus of the country’s women including women’s rights groups.

“I would like to ask for help from the Speaker because there has been sexual harassment against me,” he said in Parliament today.

Bung Mokhtar, who is no stranger to ruffling feathers with his sexist remarks, blamed Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers for twisting his statements.

He also criticised Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil for exaggeration when she failed to clarify the facts with him.

Shahrizat has described Bung Mokhtar’s statement against women drivers as completely uncalled for and offensive.

“She only read the Hansard and only answered to what the reporters told her,” Bung Mokhtar said.

Like in the past, he defended his statement, saying that no malice was intended towards women, adding that he was only voicing his concern about their safety on the road.

At this juncture, Sri Gading MP Mohamad Aziz rose to defend Bung Mokhtar, saying the Sabah-based lawmaker had never intended to offend anyone.

In a joking manner that drew laughter from the House, Bung Mokhtar welcomed the support he received.

“Thank you for the explanation from my friends. Kami ni semua pencinta wanita (We all are women lovers)”.

The Dewan Rakyat previously found Bung Mokhtar guilty for his offensive remarks to a female opposition MP in 2007 when she complained about a leak in the Parliament’s roof.

He criticised the MP and poke fun at her, saying: “Where’s the leak? She leaks every month, too.”


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