KUALA LUMPUR JULY 14: Twelve female Members of Parliament (MP) including ministers today recorded their appreciation on the appointment of Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said as the first lady Deputy Speaker of Dewan Rakyat entrusted to hold the important post in Malaysia.
The group of politicians does not only have full confidence in Azalina’s capability in handling the MPs while Dewan Rakyat is in session but also to ensure that the female MPs are protected against any kind of discrimination and sexist remarks.
The Minister of Housing and Local Government, Zuraida Kamaruddin as the leader of the female MPs said, with Azalina as the Deputy Speaker, she could stop male MPs from uttering sexist remarks on female MPs followed by stern actions.
“We hope Azalina’s appointment to hold the important post in Dewan Rakyat could give inspiration to other women in the country to reap more achievements in their careers; said Zuraida in a press conference held at the media center in Parliament today.
Regarding the sexist remarks on female MP, it was recorded that yesterday (July 13) the Baling MP, Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim had uttered an uncalled for remarks on Batu Kawan MP, Kasthuri Patto that has affected her feelings and sensitivities deeply.
The incident happened when the newly appointed Speaker, Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun was conducting his first session when MPs from the opposition side had created a commotion to the extend he did not realize Kasthuri had stood up to make a comment.
In the midst of the commotion, Abdul Azeez stood up and uttered a sexist remark on Kasthuri.
On another development, Kasthuri from Batu Kawan DAP will take the matter to the party and discuss further on the possibility of it to be brought to the disciplinary committee.
In a press conference held in the media center, Kasthuri said today the Speaker made a ruling and ordered the MP for Baling to retract and apologise for his uncouth statement uttered yesterday.
“I welcome the decision and hope it will be the last of this kind of unparliamentary language in the respected Dewan Rakyat,” said Kasthuri.