THE Dewan turned into a zoo after the seating position of Datuk Ibrahim Ali (Ind Pasir Mas) became a bone of contention between the Speaker and the Opposition.
Razali Ibrahim (BN Muar) was trying to ask the first question of the sitting when Karpal Singh intervened on a point of order, prompting Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN Kinabatangan) to stand up and interject.
When Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia allowed the latter to intervene, Karpal Singh said he hoped that the bigfoot from Kinabatangan wont disturb me.
You-lah, big monkey, Bung Mokhtar retorted loudly.
Pandikar Amin then ticked off both MPs, telling them to stop this line of argument.
The DAP leader later pointed out that although Ibrahim had contested and won in the last general election on a PAS ticket, he was in the Dewan as an independent candidate.
Can we know his exact position in the Dewan? he asked the Chair.
The Speaker then told Karpal Singh off, saying that such trivial points should not be raised, to which the DAP leader shouted: Ini bukan remeh (this is not trivial)!
Pandikar Amin then responded: Where Yang Berhormat sits depends on the discretion of the House. This is within my jurisdiction. If it has been decided that the YB should sit there, then there he should sit, he said to loud cheers from the backbenchers.
Ibrahim irked the Opposition MPs when he teased wheelchair-bound Karpal Singh for not respecting the House by not standing up when speaking.
This riled Fong Po Kuan (DAP Batu Gajah), who demanded that Ibrahim retract his statement but he merely told her to shut up.
Retract it. You cannot insult a disabled person. I ask Pasir Mas to retract his words, said Fong.
To this, Ibrahim said: I usik-usik (tease) a little bit, sudah melenting (you're are throwing a tantrum).
Apa usik-usik? she asked.
Shut up! he shouted.
Pandikar, who had the unenviable task of keeping the House in control, told MPs that he should not be reminding them again and again to refrain from using unparliamentary words.
Ibrahim, however, argued that there was nothing unparliamentary about his choice of words.
I said shut up. In Bahasa, it is 'diam'. All this is because everybody wants to be on TV during the half hour, he said, referring to the 30-minute live telecast of the parliamentary sitting.