Parliament rules say MPs cannot use offensive language and make sexists remarks.
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Opposition Members of Parliament (MP) accused Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman of “bullying” his Muar counterpart, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, after the former had called the latter “budak” or a child.
During a Parliament sitting on 1 December 2020, Syed Saddiq was told by Tajuddin not to interrupt his line of questioning for Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin.
“Duduk, budak-budak duduk dulu… Duduk lah, belajar banyak lagi, banyak lagi perlu belajar… Wasting your time, my time.Said Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman in Parliament.
During which, Syed Saddiq said to Tajuddin that his “cucu” or grandchildren were watching the live Parliament hearing. “People are not going to forget this Yang Berhormat.” replied Syed Saddiq as Tajuddin repeatedly ordered him to sit down.
It was Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh who later came to Syed Saddiq’s defence and brought the issue to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun.
Hannah Yeoh claimed that Tajuddin had breached Parliament Standing Orders or rules with his earlier comment towards the Muar MP.
Standing Order, 36 – 4, Pasir Salak called Muar budak. This is not the first time Muar has been called a budak. This is bullying and other “children” are watching the proceedings.Said Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh in Parliament.
While Opposition MPs tried to make their case, Tajuddin can be heard in the background saying that there was nothing wrong with his budak remark as he was older than Syed Saddiq.
I’m 72, how old is he?Said Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin.
The Speaker who seemed frustrated by the ordeal however ignored the interjection and ordered sessions to continue.
You can catch the whole thing on YouTube.
Not the first time
As Hannah Yeoh mentioned, this was not the first time Syed Saddiq has been referred to as a budak in Parliament. In August, Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim had made the same remark towards the 27-year-old Muar politician.
During the same hearing, Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim had also called Seputeh MP Teresa Kok “amoi”.
According to the Standing Orders of the Dewan Rakyat, an MP cannot use offensive language or make sexists remarks to another during a proceeding.
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