Kow Gah ChiePublished 10:58 amModified 11:32 am
Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan Harun today instructed Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (BN-Baling) to retract his ‘gelap’ (dark) remark yesterday against Kasthuriraani Patto (DAP-Batu Kawan) in the House.
Azhar, who yesterday declined to make a ruling on the matter, said he had reviewed the hansard of the incident and concluded that it was offensive.
“I have scrutinised the hansard on the remarks and I found that the words offensive. I wish to instruct Baling (MP) to apologise and retract the words,” said Azhar.
In his reply, Abdul Azeez (below) claimed he was referring to Kasthuriraani’s seat location instead of her personally.
“I will comply, but allow me to explain the issue in my capacity as a lawmaker. I have no intention to call anyone dark.
“I sat at the same spot (opposition bench) for two years and we rarely caught the attention of the speaker. Yesterday, I said the place was ‘gelap’ (dark).
“It is important for the innocent people and netizens out there to know that I have no intention to call anyone dark,” he said.
“With this, I retract and apologise,” he added.
However, Kashturiraani protested, arguing that Abdul Azeez should not be let off the hook with just a mere apology.
She said Abdul Azeez was a repeat offender in the Dewan Rakyat with a few female lawmakers falling victim to his foul language.
Minderjeet Kaur and Nicholas Chung -July 13, 2020 3:57 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: New Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Harun’s first day on the job was marked by a comment on the skin colour of DAP’s Kasthuri Patto.
Kasthuri (PH-Batu Kawan) was speaking when Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (BN-Baling) remarked that she was “dark, cannot be seen”. He asked her to “put on some powder”.
This led to Kasthuri’s colleague RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) urging Azhar to instruct the Umno man to apologise.
“You must have some order, you cannot allow him to use such language. I urge the speaker to make a ruling for Baling to retract his comments and to apologise,” he said.
But Azeez replied: “I am also dark, cannot be seen. So it’s not an issue. How can I retract if I am dark too?”
Azeez later retracted his remarks.