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KUALA LUMPUR - A woman MP's yellow jacket caused a ruckus in Parliament when a deputy minister linked it to the recent Bersih rally and said that she was the "only woman with a Kok".
Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman who was supposed to reply to a supplementary question by Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena), abruptly deviated from the topic and touched on the weekend's Bersih rally.
Tajuddin, who is also Pasir Salak MP, then gestured at Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh), who was wearing a yellow jacket and said: "The only woman with a 'Kok' in the Dewan."
A shouting match ensued with several Opposition lawmakers demanding Tajuddin retract the word as it had a vulgar implication and deemed unparliamentary.
Tajuddin, however, remained defiant and refused to do so, adding the word "Kok" was in reference to Teresa's family name.
Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee agreed, saying that the word could be interpreted as the MP's family name.
To this, Khalid Samad (Amanah-Shah Alam) said although that could be the case, it was clear that Tajuddin meant something vulgar.
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Kasthuri Patto (DAP-Batu Kawan) had also demanded Tajuddin to retract the word.
"Is the word c*** allowed in Parliament, if not, it needs to be taken out. It is disgusting," said Kasthuri.
A shouting match ensued with several lawmakers hackling Tajuddin.
M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) said it was a sexist remark. Khalid Samad asked Kiandee to order Tajuddin to retract the statement.
Tajuddin, however, continued his rant, which then prompted Khalid Samad to call him sial (damned). "Menteri sial (damned minister)," said Khalid.
This further enraged Tajuddin who then accused Khalid Samad of kurang ajar (uncouth).
"You think I am afraid of you," asked Tajuddin, referring to Khalid Samad.
Kiandee then tried to diffuse the situation and asked Tajuddin to continue with his reply.
An unhappy Khalid Samad told Kiandee not to "pretend" and not know the context of the word used.
Tajuddin said: "Tuan Speaker, this is easy, let the both of us settle outside," and walked off angrily.