ISKANDAR PUTERI: Layang-Layang assemblyman Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi (pic) was referred to the Johor State Assembly's Rights and Freedom committee after refusing to retract the word "munafik" (hypocrite) in his speech.
State Speaker Suhaizan Kaiat made the decision after Stulang assemblyman Andrew Chen Kah Eng brought the issue up and received support from 10 state assemblymen during the state assembly here on Thursday (Nov 28).
Suhaizan said that the word "munafik" is not in line with the Johor state assembly Standing Order, as it is rude and seditious in nature.
He said that Onn Hafiz uttered the word on Monday (Nov 25) where he said 'Kerajaan Pakatan Harapan adalah kerajaan munafik' (Pakatan Harapan government is a hypocritical government) in his speech.
Meanwhile, Onn Hafiz, of Barisan Nasional, argued that the word was not seditious and was referring to the failure of Pakatan to fulfil promises made prior to GE14.
"The word 'munafik' is originally an Arab word which refers to an unfulfilled promise in Bahasa Melayu, and I believe what I said was true.
"The Pakatan Harapan manifesto promises were to be fulfilled within 100 days, not five years as claimed now and the promises have yet to be fulfilled," he said.
Suhaizan told Onn Hafiz to retract the word immediately so that other assemblymen at the state assembly would not repeat such acts in the future.
Benut assemblyman Datuk Hasni Mohammad, who is also Johor opposition leader, also joined in the debate and told the speaker to refer to the Standing Order.
Chen later told the speaker to bring the matter to the Johor State Assembly's Rights and Freedom committee to avoid wasting time dwelling on the issue in the state assembly.