KUALA LUMPUR: A commotion arose in the Dewan Rakyat today after an opposition MP accused DAP of making racially tinged speeches.
Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching (PH-Kulai) had been responding to an additional question by Mohd Shahar Abdullah (BN-Paya Besar) on whether the government allowed such speeches in schools.
“We don’t allow anyone to give racially tinged speeches in schools,” she said.
However, Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak) accused Teo’s party, DAP, of making such speeches, following which she challenged him to give evidence of this. She also told him to retract his statement.
Dewan Rakyat speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof also said that Tajuddin’s remark was unreasonable and told him to retract it.
Other MPs from Barisan Nasional then joined the fray, with Noh Omar (BN-Tanjung Karang) accusing Teo of misleading the house.
Ariff then asked Noh Omar to write to him stating the facts of how Teo had misled the house.
On Shahar’s question on politicians visiting schools, Teo said earlier that all politicians invited to visit schools must obtain written permission as the circular on the matter applied to all public figures.
She said the Cabinet had decided that for federal projects or programmes, government elected representatives must be invited.
She said the government had also given approval for opposition leaders to attend events at schools.
“In Sarawak, we have given approval for the opposition GPS and PSB a total of 515 times. For PH, only 170 approvals were given.
“What else do we want to ask for?” she said, adding that in Terengganu, approvals were given 16 times to the opposition.