Bung Moktar says sorry for uttering ‘F-word’

  • Nation
  • Friday, 19 Oct 2018

CONTROVERSIAL MP Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinaba­tangan) escaped punishment for uttering the “F-word” in the Dewan Rakyat two months ago after he issued an apology.

The motion to cite him to Parliament’s Rights and Privileges Committee for uttering the expletive was withdrawn by Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamarudin after he made the apology in the House.

“I regret for using the word and sincerely apologise to the Speaker and the House, particularly the female MPs.

“I give my assurance that it will not happen again in the future and I hope my sincere apology is accepted,” he said in his speech to the House.

Zuraida reminded Bung Moktar to keep his emotions in check when he joins in future debates in the House.

Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof took note of Zuraida’s decision to withdraw her motion against Bung Moktar.

“I consider the matter settled through the spirit of togetherness from both sides,” he added.

On Aug 7, Bung Moktar uttered the “F-word” during a debate on the Sales and Service Tax (SST) after Willie Mongin (PH-Puncak Borneo) asked him what “casino he went to” in apparent reference to a viral video purportedly showing the Kinabatangan MP gambling.

It was not the first time that Bung Moktar had raised eyebrows for making disrespectful and controversial remarks in the Dewan Rakyat.

In June 2015, Zuraida urged the House to refer Bung Moktar to the Parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee after he was accused of a sexist remark against Zuraida during a debate.

In 2011, he was slammed by women’s groups for making a sexist remark when he claimed that “most women drivers were slow and paid little attention while on the road.”

During a response to a female MP during a debate about leaking roofs in Parliament House in 2007, Bung Moktar said: “Where is the leak? (She) leaks every month, too.” He later apologised.

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