A SHOUTING match erupted in the Dewan Rakyat when talk of a “declaration of war” was uttered by several opposition lawmakers.
The issue came up when opposition leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (BN-Bera) slammed the remark by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who was reported as saying the Umno-PAS collaboration was a declaration of war on the non-Malays.
He said Lim’s remark was provocative and could spark racial conflict.
“Is this a provocation towards the Malays, to declare war on Malays in our country? This is a very serious provocation,” he said during the debate on the motion of thanks on the Royal Address.
Then one MP interjected and said: “War is fine. We will welcome war if (they) want a war.”
MPs, including Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (BN-Pengerang), then wanted to know who uttered it.
Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (PAS-Kota Baru) admitted that he was the one who said it.
Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) then stood up to support Takiyuddin’s remark.
Pakatan Harapan MPs then demand Takiyuddin retract his statement.
When the MPs were shouting at each other, Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof had to intervene to restore order.
He issued a ruling that lawmakers should be mindful of their statements and their intentions, particularly remarks that could incite racial discord.