Watch Tajuddin Abdul Rahman and son and others in action back in 2015
PARLIAMENT | An outcry over Chin Peng ashes in the Dewan Rakyat today eventually led to the suspension of two lawmakers – Khoo Poay Teong (PH-Kota Melaka) and Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak) (above, left).
They were suspended for refusing to follow orders from Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.
The incident occurred during Question Time with an altercation between RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) (above, right) and Azeez Abdul Rahim (BN-Baling), as the former was asking Education Minister Maszlee Malik whether the government had plans to teach school students about Harapan leaders such as the late Karpal Singh and Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang.
Rayer suggested the two DAP leaders were better moral examples than former prime minister Najib Razak.
This led Azeez to suggest that students should also be taught about the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and sparked the first round of outcry from Rayer and other DAP MPs, prompting Mohamad Ariff to call for calm.
As Rayer attempted to proceed, Tajuddin, who slapped his forehead and laughed, said: “Excuse me, is that Chin Peng ashes or what? … I don’t want Jelutong to be accused of wearing ‘Chin Peng’s ashes’ on his forehead.”
The white mark often seen on Rayer’s forehead represents Hindu holy ash or vibhuti.
Rayer demanded Tajuddin retract his statement that insulted Hindus in Malaysia, and the Umno lawmaker eventually said, “Okay lah, I retract lah, there is no problem.”
The outcry, however, continued with BN lawmakers berating Rayer for accusing BN of insulting Hindus.
Several MPs on both sides stood up to raise point of orders, while former deputy speaker Ismail Mohamed Said (BN-Kuala Krau) pointed out that proceedings should continue as Tajuddin had retracted his remarks.
Mohd Ariff eventually declared that he had heard enough and ordered all the lawmakers to sit down.
“Kota Melaka (Khoo), Pasir Salak, please leave the House for not following Speaker’s orders,” he said.
Khoo reluctantly agreed to leave, but stressed, “I would like to put on record that this is not the way to control the House.”
Tajuddin, meanwhile, continued to mock the ruling as he thanked Mohd Ariff.
“Thank you so much. I also have the Umno General Assembly to attend,” Tajuddin said, prompting even more outcry for Mohd Ariff to take sterner action against him.