MP's wisecrack about making a film on parliamentary antics has lawmakers in stitches

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 03 Apr 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: In a departure from heated debates, the Dewan Rakyat was left in stitches after a lawmaker proposed that a local drama be made based on the antics that have taken place in the House.

Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said (BN-Kuala Krau) asked the Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Eddin Syazlee Shith if RTM gave priority to purchasing local content produced by its own staff compared to external ones in the industry.

He then added: “We have many fine actors in this Dewan. Jelutong is good; Kapar, Sungai Petani are all great ... even Kuala Krau is good!" he said, referring to the constituencies' MPs namely RSN Rayer (PH), Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid (PH), Datuk Johari Abdul (PH), and himself.

“Our Dewan Rakyat Secretary (Datuk Roosme Hamzah) is also great, Mr Speaker,” he quipped.

Ismail then suggested that a film be made about the antics taking place in the Dewan Rakyat, and suggested Youth and Sport Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman as the “hero”.

“Not to forget, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof as the main actor,” he added, leaving the House in stitches.

To this Eddin Syazlee said the matter was rather subjective.

“Unfortunately, I am not a director to judge the talents and ability of an actor.

“If you say that we have good actors, your side also has actors that aren't too bad either,” he quipped, drawing laughter from other MPs.

Eddin Syazlee then said many of the films or dramas shown on RTM were produced by its own staff.

He said the minister was looking into the matter and assured that this would be corrected and the field would be opened.

“We will not prioritise – everyone in the industry will have the opportunity,” he said.

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