Malaysian MP Bung Moktar riled up by women's group

Malaysian MP Bung Moktar riled up by women's group
Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kina­batangan) even issued a veiled threat against them, saying that if he had been at home at that time, some of them would not be alive.
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The Member of Par­liament often accused of offending women has in turn been offended by a group of ladies who took a protest against him to his house in Gombak.

Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kina­batangan) even issued a veiled threat against them, saying that if he had been at home at that time, some of them would not be alive.

He was referring to Wanita PKR members who first protested outside the Parliament and later went to gather in front of his house over an alleged sexist remark.

An irate Bung Moktar wanted Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR-Ampang) to be cited by the Parliament's Rights and Privileges Committee for what he described as a biadab (rude) act.

"A group of women trespassed at my house and shouted Reformasi. Although a police report has been lodged, it is still rude.

"If I had been there, some may not be alive," he said when raising Standing Order 36(12) in Parliament.

As he was speaking, several male MPs, including Tian Chua (PKR-Batu) and Hee Loy Sian (PKR-Petaling Jaya Selatan), stood up to interject, prompting Bung Mokhtar to lose his cool.

"You shut up! Don't challenge me. If you are man enough, go out and we will see who is left standing," he shouted, after which Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia stepped in.

"If the situation is hot, don't pour oil on it. Is this the character of a YB (Yang Berhormat)?

"For me, the issue between Kinabatangan and Ampang is settled. You can make fiery speeches but do not breach the Standing Orders," he said.

The debate resumed when cooler heads prevailed.

A group of Wanita PKR members had demanded that Bung Moktar apologise for his remark on June 9, when he said that the husband of Zuraida, who was in the midst of a fiery debate, would have been frightened of her at home.

However, Bung Moktar was let off by Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee because the Standing Order was not raised on the day itself.

Later, Bung Moktar told reporters at Parliament lobby that Zuraida and about 35 others were in his house compound for about 90 minutes, adding that his wife later lodged a police report.

"They could enter the compound as my fences are being renovated. I call on her (Zuraida) to stop.

"I, too, have supporters and if they storm her house, it will be a big problem."

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