Hisham apologises in Parliament for vaping during sitting

FOREIGN Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has apologised in the august hall for vaping in Dewan Rakyat.

“As I stated, a wrong is a wrong and I admitted to it and apologised. I was compounded and paid the fine,” he said when the issue was raised by Wong Shu Qi (PH-Klang) in Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

He chided Wong for trying to politicise the issue although he had owned up to his mistake and accepted the consequences.

“There are much more pressing matters to debate in Parliament instead of wanting to play politics,” he added.

Hishammuddin was responding to Wong’s interjection during a reply by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof on the Royal Address.

She said she had raised the matter last week under Standing Order 41 (d) that states a MP is not allowed to smoke in the Dewan Rakyat when a sitting is in session.

Wong demanded Hishammuddin make a public apology as his action negatively affected the image of the government.

“It is as though there are double standards as the rakyat are fined but the MPs, particularly government backbenchers, are not penalised,” she said, during an interjection on Mohd Redzuan’s reply on economic matters.

Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon took note that Hishammuddin apologised and requested that Mohd Redzuan continue with his replies.

Earlier, before the start of the Dewan Rakyat, a reminder was announced over the public address system that smoking was prohibited.

On Aug 6, a nine-second video clip showing the Sembrong MP sneaking a puff while wearing a mask in the House went viral on social media on Aug 6.

Beginning January this year, those found smoking in prohibited areas including eateries will be subjected to a compound of RM250. Those who fail to pay can be charged in court where they are liable for a maximum fine of RM10,000 or two years in jail.

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