Why Bung Moktar should be suspended

By TK Chua

Why are we allowing Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin to say what he pleases in the Dewan Rakyat? Is this also part of the free speech championed by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government?

On many occasions, Bung Moktar has said things that were crass, insensitive and “unparliamentary”. When Germany won the World Cup in 2014, he said “Long live Hitler.” Even if this was in jest, I think he was being totally insensitive to the atrocities committed during Hitler’s era.

He also uttered the infamous “bocor” remark against a woman MP when she complained of leaks in the roof of the Parliament building. Not only that, he launched a tirade against women drivers, saying they were slow and did not pay attention while driving. He also made uncalled for remarks against another woman MP for allegedly wearing a skirt that was too short.

He insulted the disabled community by asking the late Karpal Singh to stand up to respect the house, knowing full well that he was paralysed from waist down.

He was caught on camera making obscene hand gestures at fellow MPs inside the Dewan. Yesterday he reached the lowest point of his comments when he shouted the F-word loud and clear across the floor of the Parliament.

I think it is about time he is hauled up to account for his words. It is about time to suspend him for a year or so without pay and allowance. I am sure we do not need an MP who contributes nothing and only creates distractions and disruption.

What kind of message are we sending to the people if nothing is done to contain his invectives?

I would have understood why he was able to get away under the speaker of the previous government.

But what about now? We have a new government, a new Parliament and a new speaker. Are we going to do more of the same or are we going to make genuine change?

TK Chua is an FMT reader.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.