KUALA LUMPUR: MPs have been reminded to set a good example when debating or asking questions in the Dewan Rakyat and not utter any sexist remarks to protect the dignity of the august House.
Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (Pejuang-Jerlun) (pic) said the move was necessary to respect the Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill that will be passed soon.
“The Dewan Rakyat needs to set a good example in respecting this bill after it is approved.
"There cannot be remarks whatsoever of a sexist nature in this hall.
"Strict action must be taken (against MPs who issue sexist statements) in enforcing this bill to protect the respect of the Dewan Rakyat and set an example that the people can follow," he said during the Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill debate at the Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday (July 20).
Earlier in the day, a shouting match broke out in the Dewan Rakyat as issues of sexism were raised when Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak) went on a tirade against Opposition lawmakers, even going on to call several women MPs indecent.
Tajuddin said the Opposition MPs wanted to damage his reputation along with that of two other MPs.
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Tajuddin was calling them out for labelling him as one of the MPs who was prone to make sexist remarks.
He was referring to Teo Nie Ching's (PH-Kulai) statement during her debate on Tuesday (July 19), naming Tajuddin and two other MPs as being prone to such behaviours.
“Some of you have a bad mouth. I don’t want to take names. They (like to) stoke flames, instigate and challenge me and the Speaker,” he said.