Action will be taken on MPs who made racist, sexist or seditious remarks in Parliament

Azhar Harun

KUALA LUMPUR JULY 21: Action will be taken on any Member of Parliament (MP) who uttered racist, sexist or seditious words in the Dewan Rakyat session.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker, Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun said, the decision was made following the support from party whips who agreed that action should be taken to ensure racist, sexist, or rude (“biadab”) remarks will not be uttered by the MPs.

“The party whips whom I met on Monday (July 20) had unanimously pledged support for the action taken on any MP who had uttered rude words including racist and sexist remarks,” said Azhar before the Dewan Rakyat session started today.

Azhar made such a statement in Dewan Rakyat today following an incident on the first day of the July Parliament session on Monday (July 13) after Batu Kawan MP, Kasthuri Patto alleged that Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim had made a remark about the colour of her skin.

On the following day (July 14) Azhar ordered Abdul Azeez to retract and apologize over the remarks made against Kathuri.

Azhar said the decision was made after referring to the Dewan Rakyat hansard and found that the word “gelap” or dark used by Abdul Azeez was offensive.

Meanwhile, Kasthuri, held a subsequent press conference and said: “It is clearly racist, referring to the colour of my skin and discriminating against me on the grounds of not being fair.”

She added an amendment to the Standing Orders 35(4) in 2012 had made provisions to safeguard male and female parliamentarians from the sexist and offensive language in Parliament. –Malaysia World News

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