Sep 21, 2006

Mind Your Language Reminder To MPs

Oh, Mr Jantan, where is our bravery now?? Come out, and apologize!

Mind Your Language Reminder To MPs

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (Bernama) -- Members of Parliament were Thursday reminded not to use improper words that can humiliate an individual or tarnish the image of the august house.

Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Lim Si Cheng said immediate action would be taken against MPs who violated the rule.

Lim issued the reminder after Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) asked Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk M. Kayveas to retract the improper words they had used during a recent debate that Karpal Singh felt had humiliated him and other handicapped people.

Karpal has been wheelchair-bound since January 2005 following a road accident.

"In the interest of others, can the minister (Mohamed Nazri) or his representative in this house retract what was said," said Karpal as he intervened during question time, causing the session to be adjourned for about 10 minutes before the Dewan Rakyat continued with the Budget 2007 session.

Lim then said: "I agree that words which are improper should not be used during the debate, but then it had happened and the motion was not raised by the Honourable (Karpal) at the time of the incident. Even the minister is not here.

"So, I wish to propose to the Honourable Bukit Gelugor (representative) that if he is not satisfied, (he) can take action by using the relevant motion allowed by the house," he added.

Lim's response to Karpal drew the ire of several MPs who insisted that Mohamed Nazri be given the opportunity to retract the words. Several back benchers said even opposition MPs had used improper words during debates.

Lim calmed the situation and told the MPs that both sides, back benchers and opposition, had used such words.


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