KUALA LUMPUR: A shouting match erupted in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday (July 27) after Mohamad Sabu (PH-Kota Raja) spoke about Malay supremacy and corruption during his speech on the Royal Address.
The issue began when Mohamad, fondly known as “Mat Sabu”, spoke about how it is dangerous when one particular race is championed without limits, drawing parallels with the United States.
“What happened in the United States is the best example of white supremacy. It started during the George Washington and (Abraham) Lincoln period, but the peak took place during Donald Trump’s era because his administration was responsible for igniting racial issues.
“Then chaos happened in the entire United States and even though we are facing a pandemic, the people are still going out to demonstrate, ” said Mohamad, who’s also Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) president.
Mohamad then claimed that the concept of white supremacy is the same as Malay supremacy.
“We don’t see the danger now. It’s still at an early stage. What took place in the United States manifested for over hundreds of years and finally, we see that white supremacy has brought about never-ending chaos that is spreading across the world.”
Ahmad Fadhli Shaari (PAS-Pasir MAS) subsequently interjected, saying that the former defence minister may have misunderstood the issue as white supremacy and Malay supremacy are two different phrases.
“Malay supremacy is about rights enshrined in the Constitution, no different than that. That’s it, ” he said.
Mohamad said he agreed with Ahmad while stating that Muslims leaders should not be supported if they are embroiled in corruption.
He said support should be given to Muslims with integrity regardless of which party they are from, adding that support should not be given to corrupted Muslim leaders.
Mohamad’s remarks appeared to have irked Tan Sri Noh Omar (BN-Tanjong Karang), who stood up and said that the Kota Raja MP’s remarks on corruption and the Malays were too general.
“I feel slighted because I’m a Malay. I support the struggle for Malay rights but to relate them with corruption, it is too general.
“If you are really fighting for the Malays and Islam, why did you jump from PAS to Amanah? PAS fights for Islam, what is the difference?
“Who is corrupted here? Do you have evidence? Don’t be so general. YB, you are a Malay, don’t insult the Malays lah.
“We must have our pride. Don’t insult our race, ” said Noh.
Mohamad denied that he was insulting the Malays, as he was merely declaring support for more Malays with principles and integrity.
In response, Noh said he supported Mohamad’s remarks but maintained that corruption should not be associated with Malays.
“Don’t bring down Malay dignity. YB, you are a good Malay, you are not corrupted. Don’t be like that, ” he said.
A shouting match subsequently erupted between Noh and several Amanah leaders who came to Mohamad's defence.
Khalid Samad (PH-Shah Alam) claimed that Noh was particularly incensed when corruption was mentioned by Mohamad.
Noh subsequently shot back at Khalid, pointing out to the former federal territories minister that his political secretary was investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
“He is just being investigated, not charged yet, ” said Khalid in response to Noh.
Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said subsequently intervened and ended the debate session, where she proceeded to allow Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal (Warisan-Semporna) to deliver his speech on the Royal Address.
Earlier during Mohamad’s speech, the former defence minister also raised concerns over the way the government had handled the refugee crisis in the past.
He cited the discovery of mass graves in Wang Kelian, Perlis, as an example.
“Whoever killed those refugees, it really shamed Malaysia at an international level, ” he added.
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