KUALA LUMPUR: A deputy minister caused a stir in the Dewan Rakyat today after telling Pengerang MP Azalina Othman Said that sometimes she “looks like a man, sometimes like a woman”.
This was after Azalina, who took some time to wear her glasses, jokingly remarked about Hanipa Maidin’s (PH-Sepang) size.
“I want to see the deputy minister clearly, because sometimes he looks small and sometimes he looks big,” she said, before asking her question.
Hanipa later shot back: “You said that I sometimes look fat and sometimes look thin. Well, just like you, sometimes you look like a man and sometimes look like a woman.”
Several BN MPs later stood up to protest, including Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak) and MCA president Wee Ka Siong (BN-Ayer Hitam) accusing Hanipa of making a “sexist remark”.
“Clearly he has made a sexist remark, and is questioning one’s gender. He must retract,” Wee said.
Hanipa later apologised after Azalina told him not to criticise her.
“If you cannot reply, say so. You don’t have to criticise,” she said.
Hanipa had been wrapping up the debate on the anti-fake news bill.
Deputy speaker Rashid Hasnon later urged both MPs to calm down.