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PUBLISHED: Nov 5, 2015 4:23pm

‘Abdul Azeez’s remarks unbecoming, Speaker should censure him’

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Rajina Dhillon

Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, had also allegedly insulted one Chinese MP by calling him 'apek' and told him to 'balik tongsan' (go back to mainland China). — TRP file pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5, 2015:

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower) has condemned BN’s Baling Member of Parliament (MP) over his use of derogatory remarks in Parliament yesterday when he described another MP as “pondan” (transvestite).

The MP, Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, also insulted one Chinese MP by calling him “apek” and told him to “balik tongsan” (go back to mainland China).

It was reported that DAP-Batu Kawan MP Kasthuriraani Patto was speaking on the deaths of the Orang Asli children in Gua Musang and raising concerns on the subject matter when Abdul Azeez interrupted.

When she refused to allow the interruption, the Umno supreme council member said she was “worse than a pondan”, with Parliament Speaker not having censured him.

“Do these issues matter so little that a parliamentarian saw fit to interrupt her speech and use a slur against her?

“We note that Abdul Azeez is a repeat offender. He was the same MP who said in April that non-Muslim women should not be invited to mosques because they ‘mungkin bocor’ (might be menstruating).

“These uncouth remarks are unbecoming of not only his office as a parliamentarian, but also as the chairman of the Lembaga Tabung Haji’s board of directors,” said Empower president Janarthani Arumugam in a statement today.

She also raised concerns that Abdul Azeez was reigning free in a situation whereby there was an “absence” of any reprimand and this reflected a political scenario that was free to use “sexist, homophobic and transphobic” words.

“His impunity also reflects a country where women make up only 10.4% of the 222 parliamentarians, and face multiple layers of discrimination in even being nominated as election candidates,” she explained.

Janarthani reminded that Malaysia only scored a 0.21 on the United Nations gender index, the lowest in Asia Pacific, with a score of 1 indicated absolute gender equality.

“In other words, despite having the appearance of a newly-developed nation, Malaysia has a long way to go in terms of ensuring equality for women. Or, for that matter, communities at the very margins of its development policies.

“As an immediate measure, Empower calls on the Speaker and for Barisan Nasional to censure the MP for Baling over his derogatory remarks.

“We remind the government that the United Nations has raised gender equality as a priority issue, including it as a stand-alone goal in the new Sustainable Development Goals,” she said.

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