Quarrel breaks out at state assembly sitting over wild boars


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019

MELAKA: The issue of wild boars crossing the Straits of Malacca caused a ruckus during a state assembly sitting.

Tey Kok Kiew (DAP-Bandar Hilir) and Datuk Seri Idris Haron (BN-Sungai Udang) exchanged barbs after the latter said that the landslide victory of the Tanjung Piai parliamentary by-election on Saturday showed that Pakatan Harapan was unpopular.

Tey retorted by saying that Idris and his former exco failed to address housing issues when they were in power and should now gauge his popularity by relinquishing his state seat to trigger a by-election in Sungai Udang.

Idris then demanded that Tey and all state Pakatan leaders resign and call for a state election to see if they could still be voted in.

“We had a fair share of our own problems when managing housing issues in the state.

“But our administration wasn’t tainted with dumb exco members, including one detained under Sosma (Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012) and another referring to wild boars as ‘beliau’, ” Idris told the assembly.

The word “beliau” was used by Norhizam Hassan Baktee (DAP-Pengkalan Batu) when referring to wild boars crossing the Straits of Malacca in an interview with a news portal during a live-streamed talk show recently.

During yesterday’s debate, there was an exchange of terms such as “gila babi” and “bodoh”.

Norhizam then stood up to ask why Idris had to drag him into the debate focused on housing issues.

The state Agriculture, Agro-Based, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman told the assembly he had evidence showing wild boars did swim long distances including across oceans.

“I will produce these facts to the House during the question-and-answer session, ” Norhizam added.

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