KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat descended into chaos today after Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) shouted “F*** you” at a Pakatan Harapan (PH) MP.
The words could be clearly heard as his microphone was still on.
The tension began when Bung Moktar stood up to give his opinion on the sales and services tax (SST).
He was about to ask Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau) on the prices of goods at the Selayang wet market when Willie Mongin (PH-Puncak Borneo) said: “Not casino, is it?”
To this, Bung Moktar said: “What is this? You are rude. You don’t deserve to sit here.
“Gangster,” he added. “You want to fight? F*** you.”
This prompted some MPs to ask Deputy Speaker Rashid Hasnon to ask Bung Moktar to retract his words.
However, others were heard asking Bung Moktar why he was angry if it was not true.
Ronald Kiandee (BN-Beluran) then stood up to defend Bung Moktar, calling for a ruling to be made on the matter based on the Dewan Rakyat’s Standing Order 36 (9) to MPs.
The Standing Order states that no reference shall be made in any debate to the conduct or character of any member of Parliament or any public servant, other than conduct in the capacity of MP or public servant, as the case may be.
“That was the cause of the quarrel. The Standing Order is clear that debates cannot touch on the character of the MP,” he said.
This is not the first time such unparliamentary words have been used in the Dewan Rakyat.
Yesterday, Lipis MP Abdul Rahman Mohamad shouted “P****ak” in the Dewan. The obscene term is considered highly offensive.
Ariff told Abdul Rahman: “That is extremely discourteous, retract it or I will order you to leave. Don’t use such rude terms in this hall. Whoever voiced it, please retract it.”
In retracting the offending word, Abdul Rahman said he had wanted to “teach” DAP’s RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) a lesson for uttering “kepala bapak” in the sitting last week.
Rayer had said “kepala bapak”, a phrase which he also used in the Dewan Rakyat the previous week. On that occasion, Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming instructed him to withdraw the phrase and Rayer did so. He also withdrew the phrase this time when told to do so by Ariff.
Ariff then warned MPs that he would expel anyone who resorted to vulgar language.
Bung, who previously made disparaging remarks about women, is no stranger to controversy.
Last year, when debating on the tudung issue, he was reported to have said: “What is the problem with wearing a tudung? If she is a beautiful woman, even if she wears a tudung, she would still be beautiful. If she is not pretty, even if she is nude, who would want her?”
In 2011, he said “women drivers are slow and oblivious” and in 2007, he said women “bocor setiap bulan”, referring to their monthly period.
After lunch, Rashid let Bung Moktar off the hook by asking him to retract his statement.
Bung Moktar agreed but added: “Puncak Borneo has had drinks with prostitutes.”
This sparked an uproar from PH MPs who wanted Bung Moktar to be booted out under Standing Order 44 (2) for not more than 10 days.
They also reminded Rashid that Bung Moktar had broken the rules again.
Rashid said he had made the ruling and warned Bung Moktar that he would be evicted if he repeated the offence.