Speaker to announce Tajuddin's fate tomorrow over alleged sexist remark

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat will decide tomorrow if Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (Barisan Nasional-Pasir Salak) made a sexist remark in the Lower House last week.

Deputy Speaker Datuk Rashid Hasnon said he had received a letter submitted by Kasthuri Patto (Pakatan Harapan-Batu Kawan) who demanded the House takes action against Tajuddin for allegedly using a Malay swear word "p*****k".

"I have received the letter and the Speaker (Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun) has asked me to handle it. Since I have just received it (the letter), it is currently being processed.

"I will make a thorough study and an answer will be given within this week…latest by tomorrow I will make a decision," he told the House today.

According to Rashid, he had planned on meeting several witnesses who claimed that they heard Tajuddin using the sexist word in the August House.

Earlier, Kasthuri stood up in the Dewan Rakyat and expressed her disappointment with Rashid for letting Tajuddin get away with uttering the sexist remark by simply giving him a warning instead of taking strict action.

"We want him to apologise and retract what he said, that's all. From Wednesday (last week) until today, Pasir Salak (Tajuddin) has not made any comment, he didn't even deny the fact that he used an obscene word.

"He said the word after the microphone was turned off but we heard him saying the word. At least nine MPs here heard him saying the word.

"I hope you (Rashid) will not take this lightly and show that you have women's interests at heart because your ruling last week was disappointing. You only gave a warning to him," she said.

The Dewan Rakyat turned chaotic on Wednesday after Tajuddin labelled some female DAP members of parliament as vulgar, foul-mouthed and offensive.

Previously in 2016, Tajuddin experienced a backlash from opposition MPs after he said "the only woman with a c**k is in Seputeh", in reference to Seputeh MP, Teresa Kok.

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