KUALA LUMPUR: Khairy Jamaluddin caused a stir in the Dewan Rakyat today by calling deputy speaker Nga Kor Ming “Taliban” when asked to repeat a question on the Cost of Living Aid (BSH).
Khairy (BN-Rembau) said the Barisan Nasional (BN) government used to give RM450 to single people in the B40 group, which would have been increased to RM600 if the coalition had won the general election.
Under the BSH scheme, he said, there was no allowance for singles but RM100 was pledged after the Semenyih by-election.
He then asked if the government would use the money from the additional supplementary bill for this.
“After the Rantau by-election, will the government increase it to RM450 as done by BN?” he asked.
When asked by Nga to repeat his question, he said: “Do you have a problem comprehending, Taliban?”
Nga ordered Khairy to retract his comment, to which the latter said he would retract the word “Taliban”.
He then said: “Do you have a problem understanding my question?”
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, who replied to Khairy, said the government would not be able to use money from the additional supplementary budget for this as it was meant for last year’s federal budget.
He added that the Pakatan Harapan government would not increase the allowance under BSH.
“This is for last year. How can it be increased this year? I hope you do your homework,” he told Khairy.
Nga later told Khairy to apologise for calling him “Taliban”, saying the MP’s remark had caused a stir in the Dewan Rakyat.
“It is clear that Khairy went against the Standing Orders and criticised the sitting openly.
“Even though he retracted his statement, his behaviour was inappropriate,” Nga said in a statement, adding that Khairy had defamed the house.
He also said this was the first time that an MP had called a speaker “Taliban”.