Dewan Rakyat ejects Batu Kawan MP


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 26 Jul 2022

KUALA LUMPUR: Kasthuri Patto (PH-Batu Kawan) has been ejected from the Dewan Rakyat following a heated exchange related to Deputy Speaker Datuk Rashid Hasnon’s ruling on the Pasir Salak MP’s recent outburst.

“I ask Batu Kawan to go out,” said Rashid.

Tajuddin was suspended for two days over his outburst in the Dewan Rakyat last Wednesday (July 20).

Rashid had ruled that it was not recorded in the Hansard that Tajuddin had uttered expletives, adding that he had consulted legal experts on the matter.

"The p-word is not in the Hansard. I have sought the advice of legal advisers," said Rashid.

A shouting match then broke out in the House.

Kasthuri continued to press Rashid why Tajuddin was only given a warning last week, adding that he had used the expletives when the microphone was turned off when the cuss word was uttered.

"Now I have made my ruling. He will have to go out for two days when it (cuss word) is not mentioned. You check your Hansard please," Rashid said while losing his cool.

Kasthuri said it was unfair, adding that this is akin to supporting the use of expletives in the August House.

"I expected a good ruling from you Speaker. Very disappointed," she said.

Rashid also gave Tajuddin two minutes to explain his case.

"My answer is brief. I strongly object and deny the accusation from Batu Kawan and her peers who colluded to tarnish my image," he said.

Branding it as a "political assassination" and defamation, Tajuddin said this was a way to paint a picture that he was not fit to be a lawmaker as the general election was around the corner.

He said he would not have longevity as a lawmaker and Umno member if he did not respect women in the first place.

"Because I am so vocal, I am considered an enemy to you all," he said.

"The conclusion is, it is all a political agenda to bring me down," he added.

Tajuddin went on a tirade against Opposition lawmakers last week, reportedly calling several women MPs indecent.

The incident was sparked when Tajuddin accused several Opposition MPs of deliberately instigating and provoking their counterparts including the Speaker during debates.

However, Rashid only issued a warning to Tajuddin, adding that the MPs could write to appeal the decision.

Tajuddin had confronted the Opposition over remarks made by some of the MPs on Tuesday (July 19).

On Tuesday, Teo Nie Ching (PH-Kulai) said several MPs were prone to making sexist remarks while in the House.

Besides Tajuddin, she also accused Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (BN-Baling) and Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) of frequently making sexist remarks.

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