Tajuddin escapes further censure for using foul word in parliament

Chan Kok Leong

Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman will not have to withdraw the foul language spoken in parliament on July 20, 2022. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, 26 July, 2022.

PASIR Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman does not have to withdraw the foul language spoken in parliament last Wednesday as it was not captured by the Hansard, said Deputy Speaker Rashid Hasnon today.

“I already warned him when he made the remark about DAP women and asked him to leave the chamber,” said Rashid when announcing his decision on Tajuddin’s punishment, which has dogged the house for the last few days.

“And I have checked the Hansard and there is nothing there on the other remark. Following advice from parliament’s legal officer, he is suspended for two days, which includes the day of the incident,” said Rashid.

This caused an uproar among opposition MPs who slammed Rashid for refusing to be sterner with Tajuddin.

Rashid announced his decision today in response to Kasthuriraani Patto (Batu Kawan-PH) who had asked the deputy speaker to make a ruling after Tajuddin’s remarks on July 20.

On that day, during the debate on the Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill, Tajuddin was said to have sworn at the opposition, shouting the Malay swear word “pxxxxxk” at them.

In his remarks, the Umno politician who has a track record of using foul language in the Dewan Rakyat, said “some DAP women were vulgar”.

The swear word, however, was said when his microphone was switched off.

Rashid’s decision drew more criticism from the opposition, who considered it unfair.

As Kasthuriraani continued protesting, calling the punishment a mere slap on the wrist, Rashid ordered her out of the House.

Following more protests, Rashid said that the whole problem began when Teo Nie Ching (Kulai-PH) named Tajuddin and two other Barisan Nasional MPs during her debate on July 20.

Teo had asked if the Anti-Sexual Harassment bill would cover MPs who made sexist remarks in parliament, and cited Tajuddin.

Tajuddin told the House today that such criticism was “political assassination.”

“This gives the impression that I am not fit to be a lawmaker. But I have been voted in four times.

“I have also been a party leader for 50 years. As such, how can I win if I don’t have the respect of women, who form 50% of the voters,” he said. – July 26, 2022.

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