Stop being hooligans in Parliament, ex-servicemen tell MPs

National Patriots Association president Mohamed Arshad Raji says MPs should be good role models for the young.

KUALA LUMPUR: Parliamentarians should be good role models for the young and debate intelligently, not utter vulgarities in Parliament, the National Patriots Association said today.

Its president Mohamed Arshad Raji said that absenteeism was bad enough but shouting abusive language or using vulgar words would simply show that one was no better than a hooligan.

“The august house of the Parliament is nowhere august when there are members who behave like hooligans in terms of language used and uncouth behaviour.

“The conduct of parliamentarians is supposed to be dignified. Their speeches are supposed to inspire, be intelligent, contribute innovative ideas, and add value to debates. At the very least, they should provide good role models, especially to our young.

“But when members shout abusive language and use vulgar words in their speech, arguing like the uneducated instead of articulating intelligently, the word hooligan labelled on them is the kindest possible,” he said in a statement.

Arshad said this in commenting on Barisan Nasional MP and former minister Noh Omar uttering the obscene word “p*****k” while debating on a Facebook posting which had criticised the Selangor Sultan. This took place during a heated argument between Noh, the Tanjong Karang MP, and RSN Rayer, the Jelutong MP.

Noh later said that he was not aware he had uttered the word.

Arshad said “the so-called Honourable Noh Omar who uttered the unmentionable word must also apologise to all women and also the young in the country. He is a bad example of an adult, a father, and certainly not fit to be an MP”.

Noting that there had been previous occasions when MPs had uttered vulgarities or sexist language, he added: “It appears that certain MPs are habituated to using such vulgarities and misconduct. This nonsense must stop.”

He said it was not good enough to censure an MP using such language by merely asking them to withdraw the word spoken.

“Patriot expects all MPs, from both the ruling government and the opposition, to speak up intelligently, contribute to good debates, and ensure a respectable decorum in the house. Otherwise, they are merely occupying the seat and wasting public money.”

Arshad reminded opposition MPs that they were expected to be formidable in playing the important role of keeping the government in check.