A BACKBENCHER’S comment on the marital status of a woman MP landed him in hot soup when the latter gave him a taste of his own medicine.
Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN - Kinabatangan) asked the Women and Family Development Ministry to consider offering gifts to single women as incentives to marry as practised in certain Middle East countries and in Singapore.
Bung Mokhtar, however, passed a comment saying the ministry should also look into reasons why the women refused to marry, saying that perhaps it was due to bad experiences in past.
“Maybe like Seputeh (Teresa Kok) who has bitter experience,” he said.
His remarks prompted Kok to stand up in anger, but to pacify Kok, the ministry’s parliamentary-secretary Datuk Mastika Junaidah Husin said: “He is only kidding, Yang Berhormat. That means he cares for you.”
Kok, however, did not relent and remained standing until Mastika Junaidah gave her a chance to speak.
She then said that it was the attitude of men who caused many problems in marriages.
“This includes men who like to take two wives like Kinabatangan,” she said, drawing laughter in the Dewan.
At this juncture, Bung Mokhtar laughed and shouted from his seat: “Sangkaan jahat ... satu sahaja! (You have malicious intention, I have only one wife).
Kok then went on to say that one of the reasons women did not want to marry was because of men like Bung Mokhtar.
“If you put scores of men like Kinabatangan in front of me and offer cash, houses or gifts, I will still not accept any of them,” she said.
In winding up the debate on the Supply Bill, Mastika Junaidah said the ministry encouraged women to marry and to have children.