Tajuddin referred to parliamentary rights committee over holy ash remark

Ragananthini Vethasalam

Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman says the decision to refer him to the Rights and Privileges Committee is unfair, as he had already apologised. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 5, 2019.

THE Dewan Rakyat today passed a motion to refer Umno lawmaker Tajuddin Abdul Rahman to the Rights and Privileges Committee for poking fun at the holy ash or vibhuthi worn by DAP MP R.S.N. Rayer.

The motion was tabled by Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran.

Tajuddin (BN-Pasir Salak) sparked an uproar in the Dewan Rakyat two days ago when he questioned Rayer (PH-Jelutong) if the ash on his forehead were the ashes of former Communist Party leader Chin Peng.

“On Tuesday, Datuk Seri Haji Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, the MP for Pasir Salak had made a remark that is derogatory, serious and is seen as stoking the religious sensitivity of the Hindus,” Kula said while tabling the motion.

He said the incident should be taken seriously as it had hurt the feelings of Hindu parliamentarians and tainted the prestige of the chambers.

Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming, who presided over proceedings, invited a representative from each party to debate the motion.

Ramkarpal Singh (PH-Bukit Gelugor), when debating, was interrupted by Noh Omar (BN-Tg Karang), who asked why Tajuddin was being penalised again.

This resulted in a shouting match.

When his repeated calls for oder went unheeded, Nga said it appeared the opposition did not wish to debate and was preventing lawmakers from the government bench from making their point.

“Pasir Salak, I wanted to give you an opportunity to defend yourself. There is no need to scream and scold as it will not bring any benefit,” said Nga.

As the shouting showed no signs of abating, Nga moved on to voting.

“More voices have agreed. The motion is accepted,” he said, before wrapping up.

Tajuddin proceeded to call Nga a coward but he was ignored by the latter, who went on to wrap up the session.

On Tuesday, Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof ordered the suspension of Tajuddin and Khoo Poay Tiong (PH-Kota Melaka) for two days after both refused to adhere to instructions as they argued over the propriety of the former’s ash remark.

The motion against Tajuddin was the last order of business for this session of the Dewan Rakyat, which us adjourned until March.

Tajuddin later told reporters the decision to refer him to the committee was unfair as he had already apologised for his remark. – December 5, 2019.

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