KUALA LUMPUR: The two Umno lawmakers who almost got into a brawl following a heated verbal spat in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon (Nov 20) have now literally kissed and made up.
Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman and Kuala Krau MP Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said gave each other a peck on the cheek in front of reporters at the Parliament lobby on Wednesday evening.
The duo almost exchanged blows earlier but were all smiles and giggles as they hugged, kissed each others' cheeks and held up their arms together to showcase unity as they were surrounded by other Umno lawmakers.
Umno vice-presidents Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri, Kinabatangan MP Datuk Seri Bung Mokhtar Raden, Tanjong Karang MP Tan Sri Noh Omar and Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim were in stitches as they watched the duo's antics.
They did the public display of peacemaking after coming out of a meeting with other Umno leaders, who helped them to settle their differences, which earlier led to a near brawl before security guards intervened.
Pontian MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan also posted an 11-second video on his Twitter of Tajuddin kissing Ismail after the successful reconciliation meeting held at the opposition's office in Parliament.
When asked about the fight, Tajuddin and Ismail said that everything has now been resolved and refused to elaborate about the reason behind their argument.
"Everything is okay now. It was just a misunderstanding. We settled it within our (Umno) family," said Ismail.
Tajuddin and Ismail had nearly got into a fistfight following a shouting match sparked by an argument about a picture that Tajuddin allegedly spread involving Ismail's daughter.
It started when Ismail raised his voice at Tajuddin at the packed Parliament lobby, asking the latter why he spread the photo and Ismail then called Tajuddin "bodoh" and "bangang".
Tajuddin, known for his fiery temper, hurled back insults and the verbal spat continued with both of them daring each other to a fight.
The heated shouting match was broken up when security guards and others who were present at the lobby intervened and separated the two MPs apart before things could escalate.
Ismail said the argument started because Tajuddin had allegedly posted on social media a picture of Umno MPs visiting Ismail’s daughter at home and claimed that Ismail was trying to rally up support for another leader.
Indahnya perdamaian ini pic.twitter.com/BnaFncxc2f— Ahmad b Maslan (@ahmadmaslan) November 20,2019