Tiong should've apologised to Health DG in Parliament, not through a press statement, says Rayer

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (GPS-Bintulu) apologising for his "takut mati (fear of dying)" remark against Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the matter continues and was brought up in Parliament on Monday (Nov 16).

RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) (pic) claimed Tiong's apology was insincere, and said that the special envoy to China should have apologised in the House, not via a press statement.

"He said the apology was made outside the House because he did not want to disrupt Parliamentary proceedings.

"I felt the apology was insincere. It has to be made in the House because he criticised the most important civil servant in the country," he said in the Dewan Rakyat sitting on Monday before debates on Budget 2021 commenced.

Rayer also said it was unwise of the Parlaiment Speaker to eject him and Lim Lip Eng (PH-Kepong) last week for protesting against Tiong's remarks.

Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, in response to Rayer, said a decision was made by the Speaker last week and if he wanted to dispute the matter, he should send in a written motion to the Speaker's office.

"The motion was accepted but a decision has yet to be made. The decision will be made by the Speaker's office soon," he said.

Last week, the debate on Budget 2021 was temporarily disrupted after Rayer was ejected by Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said on Nov 11 for refusing to heed her calls to sit down.

The same happened on Nov 12 when Lim was ejected by Speaker Datuk Seri Azhar Azizan Harun for dismissing Azalina's ruling on Rayer as "stupid".

Tiong came under fire after asking in Parliament if Dr Noor Hisham feared for his life because he did not go to Sabah when Covid-19 cases in the state were at an all-time high.

Tiong eventually apologised in a press statement on Sunday (Nov 15).

He said his intention was to raise public concern about Covid-19 and that he wanted efforts to contain the virus to be carried out effectively.

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