KUALA LUMPUR: Despite being suspended, Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak) remained in Parliament and even voted on a bill, says Teo Nie Ching (PH-Kulai).
Teo said the Hansards for July 20 showed the Pasir Salak MP remained in the House after he was ordered out after an incident where he was accused of using expletives and going on a tirade against Opposition MPs.
Teo said that Tajuddin was the 90th MP to cast a vote for the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2021 Bill.
"If we refer to his (Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Rashid Hasnon) statement, Pasir Salak should have been ejected for two days," she said when raising a point of order to Speaker Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun.
"If we go by the Deputy Speaker's ruling, he should not have been allowed in the House on Wednesday, July 20, but the Hansards show he came back into the House in the afternoon and took part in the vote of motion on Sosma," she said.
Teo also asked if Azhar would make any ruling over this issue.
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Later at a press conference at Parliament’s media centre, Teo said action should have been taken on Rashid as well.
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.
"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 on July 26 before ejecting Kasthuri Patto (PH-Batu Kawan) who continued to press for an explanation on the ruling.
Meanwhile, Kasthuri who was also at the press conference said she was disappointed with Rashid’s ruling that the use of expletives by Tajuddin was not recorded in the Hansard, adding that it would not have been recorded as Tajuddin had uttered cuss words after the microphone was turned off.
She said nine MPs were also witnesses to the incident and they were summoned to give their statements.
“Even with that, the (Deputy) Speaker did not ask Pasir Salak to apologise and retract. This will create a dangerous precedence...he will continue to do it. Other foul-mouthed MPs would also turn off the mic and cuss, and continue to debate after turning on the mic,” she said.
"Is this what we want to see in the future of our Parliament?” she asked.
Uproar ensued in the august House after Tajuddin had confronted the Opposition over remarks made by some of the MPs on July 20.
A day earlier, Teo 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.
Several Opposition MPs also claimed that Tajuddin had used expletives during the fiery exchange. They also demanded that he apologise and retract his remarks. Tajuddin had later defended himself against the allegations, saying that it was "political assassination" and defamation.