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Thursday October 3, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday October 3, 2013 MYT 2:17:28 PM
by martin carvalho, yuen meiking, rahimy rahim, AND loshana k. shagar
AN argument over the remains of Communist Party of Malaya leader Chin Peng from being brought into Malaysia turned hilarious when Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (BN-Baling) and G. Manivannan (PKR-Kapar) switched to Tamil.
Manivannan had asked why the ashes could not be brought back when the Sulu intruders who were killed during Ops Daulat were buried in Lahad Datu.
Abdul Azeez responded in Tamil: “Thambi (little brother), Chin Peng died in Bangkok, not here.
“You have to understand that the Sulu gunmen died in Malaysia, so they are buried here,” he said.
Manivannan also responded in Tamil, saying “Anneh (big brother) we can send the Sulu gunmen’s bodies back to their country also, that is not an issue.”
Kuala Krai MP Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli interrupted them: “Am I in the right Parliament? Are we debating in the Malaysian parliament or in New Delhi?”.
Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said he couldn’t understand the verbal exchange between the two and told them to speak in the national language.
Both MPs apologised for the brief switch in language and reverted to Bahasa Malaysia.
Earlier, Azeez said it was better to have preventive laws when dealing with organised criminal groups rather than gunning down gang members like stray dogs.
“Better detain the criminals for a year or two when we are dealing with organised crime syndicates rather than to shoot them.
“Even stray dogs by the roadside cannot be shot in such a manner.
“They are usually caught,” he said, when debating the amendments in the Prevention of Crime Act (PCA).
“The police will not simply shoot without reason as their actions are based on surveillance and intelligence reports against the criminals,” he added.
He called on the people to see the atrocities committed by such criminals to understand the need for the preventive laws.
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