Barisan MPs rap Karpal for calling Mahathir ‘hantu’

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 27 May 2004

BARISAN MPs saw red when Karpal Singh (DAP – Bukit Gelugor) used the word hantu (ghost) to describe former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 

The opposition MP had been debating the motion of thanks on the Royal Address when Bung Moktar Radin (BN – Kinabatangan) interrupted him, saying: “Who is this binatang (animal)?” 

Karpal Singh, went on hitting out at his Barisan counterparts, calling them makhluk (creature) and celaka (damn). 

The DAP MP had used the word binatang on Bung Mokhtar on Monday, creating “drama” in the House. 

Following Bung Mokhtar’s interruption, Karpal Singh hit out at him for not seeking permission to speak while the floor was his. 

“What is this, this is not a circus, where is your Point of Order?” Karpal Singh asked. 

Several MPs then stood up in protest when Karpal Singh questioned the need for a Minister for Parliament Affairs while the minister was still being investigated by the ACA.  

Apa ini buang masa? Ini taktik BN, makhluk berdiri di sana di sini (What is this, wasting time? This is BN’s tactic, creatures standing here and there to interrupt),” Karpal Singh said. 

At this point, Ronald Kiandee (BN – Beluran) asked if the word makhluk could be used in the House and whether it meant binatang (animal). 

Deputy Speaker Lim Si Cheng asked Karpal Singh if he had uttered the word binatang, which Karpal Singh denied. 

Later, the DAP MP questioned the investigations on other Cabinet Ministers “who were corrupted”, under the previous leadership. 

When touching on the Islamic state issue, he questioned the reason Dr Mahathir had been allowed to declare Malaysia as one.  

“Who is this Mahathir, he is a hantu that came and changed everything,” he said. 

His description attracted a barrage of protests and shouts from his Barisan counterparts. 

At this point, the Chair told Karpal Singh not to use such words to insult a nationalist. 

Karpal Singh then said: “Yes, he is a nationalist and an international personality. That cannot be denied.” 

This was followed by thumps on the table by MPs.  

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