UMNO MP asks opposition MP to return to China

UMNO MP asks opposition MP to return to China
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Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim was ordered to retract a "balik Tongsan" remark he made in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia made the ruling after Anthony Loke (DAP-Seremban) pointed out that Abdul Azeez's remark was against the Standing Orders.

Abdul Azeez had stood up to pose a question to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi during the debate on Budget 2016 when he was interrupted by a few Opposition MPs.

Among the MPs was Jimmy Wong (DAP-Kota Kinabalu) to whom Abdul Azeez had first responded with: "Apek, duduklah."

When Wong remained standing, Abdul Azeez told Wong to "balik Tongsan", effectively telling him to return to his ancestral China.

"I order Baling to retract the statement completely, but any other MPs who use unparliamentary language next time will be ejected from the Dewan," Pandikar warned.

Abdul Azeez also admitted to uttering pondan (transgender) in the House yesterday but denied that it was directed at a specific person.

Kasthuri Patto (DAP-Batu Kawan) claimed the remark was made against her.

"I was not the Speaker presiding over the House when this remark was apparently made, and since I didn't hear it I will not ask Baling to retract it," said Pandikar.

"MPs must remember, though, that pondan is an unparliamentary term."

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