The sexist duo have reluctantly said sorry to all women except Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan. Their ‘apology’ came too late and lacked sincerity. The damage is done and the only way to teach them is to boot them out of the august Parliament in the coming general elections.
Judging from the reactions of the Cabinet and the Umno leadership, it ‘s a foregone conclusion that these two ‘creatures’ from Jasin and Kinabatangan will be fielded by Umno again. The Prime Minister who talked so much about Islam Hadhari has been keeping mum on the matter until today, as if such derogatory remarks against the women folks were nothing serious ( Nazri’s word) and should be treated with great sense of humour ( Najib’s word). But what would they say if the culprits were Opposition MPs and the victims were from Barisan Nasional?
To me, the dispicable behavior and attitude of these sexist duo simply reflects the primitive mentality of Umno leadership. They are the products of Umno culture.
This morning, I went to Serdang market to extend our solidarity with Fong Po Kuan together with other Selangor state leaders and local members. I will be going to Pandamaran market tomorrow morning to highlight the issue with other local members. We will be giving out a leaflet besides staging a protest against the two MCPs (male chauvinist pigs).
Po Kuan is still fuming because she feels that the sexist duo have not repented. Both Mohd Said and Bung Mokhtar must be punished for their chauvinistic slurs.
Besides MCPs, we can also find many racists and extremists among the Umno MPs. They were very fond of asking DAP MPs to leave Malaysia whenever they have no answer to our sharp criticism.
These clowns have turned the Parliament into a ‘circus’. There should be no room for such ‘creatures’ in the august house.
|Suhakam lambasts sexist remarks|
|Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has added their voice against the sexist remarks made by Jasin MP Mohd Said Yusof and Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokthar Radin.In a statement yesterday, the commission said that any remark that strips a person of his or her dignity is a violation of the fundamental right to human dignity.The commission was referring to a remark made by the two parliamentarians, during debate last week on the lack of maintenance resulting in leaks in the Parliament building after heavy downpours.“Where’s the leak? The Batu Gajah MP leaks every month too,” Bung said referring to the DAP representative of the constituency, Fong Po Kuan, who had raised the issue.The statement said the crude, offensive and sexist remarks had attacked Fong’s dignity.
The commission also said that parliamentarians should provide good examples by respecting the dignity of others as they are representatives of the people and leaders of the nation.
“Suhakam notes that some MPs supported the derogatory, sexist remarks of the two MPs by cheering when the remarks were made or by rebutting that they were mere use of words,” it stated.
When the issue arose, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has said the remarks were not supposed to be taken seriously and that there were certain parties out to make a big deal of the issue.
Not a personal attack
Tangga Batu MP Idris Haron added his view that when such things are said in Parliament, “we take them as a joke, not a personal attack.”
“Suhakam urges the MPs who stripped fellow MP Fong Po Kuan of her human dignity and other MPs to uphold at all times the dignity of others especially in Parliament where they exercise their freedom of expression,” read the statement.
“Freedom of speech is a human right but it also comes with the responsibility that one does not abuse this right by using it to ridicule, defame, harm mental health and create public disorder,” it added.
Both Mohd Said and Bung Moktar had apologised to “all women in the country offended by the remarks” following a meeting with Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil yesterday.
However they defended their words used in the Dewan as necessary to defend the government during debates.
They also did not issue a personal apology to Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan, against whom the sexist remarks were aimed at last week.