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Deputy speaker ejects Batu Kawan MP for disputing his finding that Tajuddin did not swear

KUALA LUMPUR: Batu Kawan member of parliament Kasthuriraani Patto was ejected from the Dewan Rakyat for questioning the deputy speaker's finding that Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman did not swear in the House last week.

Datuk Rashid Hasnon said he had referred to the Hansard and legal officers, and did not find that Tajuddin (Barisan Nasional-Pasir Salak) had used the Malay swear word "p*****k" in the lower house last week.

Rashid said based on the Hansard, he had warned Tajuddin and asked the latter to leave the Dewan Rakyat.

"I have made my ruling, I told Pasir Salak to leave Dewan Rakyat, and because I didn't specify any period, he is automatically (suspended) for two days."

Kasthuriraani interjected and said: "You did not eject him, you are misleading the house by saying you ejected him."

This resulted in the deputy speaker issuing a first warning to Kasthuriraani.

She continued to speak and said this sets a "dangerous precedent" for the Dewan Rakyat.

"How can you deny? Nine MPs heard (Tajuddin saying the swear word)," she said.

Rashid then issued a second warning to the DAP MP, stressing that he had made a decision.

"I have referred to the Hansard, it was not there. The legal adviser also checked (the Hansard), and it was not there."

Kasthuriraani then replied, saying that in her letter to the deputy speaker, she had already explained that the microphone was switched off when the incident happened.

She reiterated that nine witnesses had heard, including those from the government.

"What's so difficult about asking Pasir Salak to leave? Is it so hard to ask an MP to apologise and retract his statement?" she questioned.

A third and final warning was then given to Kasthuriraani. In the background, she and Tajuddin were heard arguing with the microphones off.

Kasthuriraani continued questioning Rashid, asking if giving a warning was all he could do.

Hearing this, Rashid lost his cool and began to raise his voice.

"I have made my ruling! Don't you understand? Check your Hansard please."

She refused to back down, and continued to pressure Rashid to take strict action, to which Rashid ordered her to leave the house.

This caused chaos in the Dewan Rakyat, with several opposition MPs questioning Rashid's move.

Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching had also stood up and questioned if MPs were allowed to use profanities only when the microphones were switched off.

Kasthuriraani did not immediately leave, and accused BN MPs of allowing expletives to be used in Parliament.

"Tak malu (shameless)! BN MPs support the use of obscene words in the Dewan Rakyat.

"I expected a good ruling from you, Datuk speaker, I'm disappointed," she said, before leaving.

Earlier, Rashid had allowed Tajuddin to respond to the allegations against him.

Tajuddin said he rejected and denied the accusations thrown against him, describing it as a political agenda to bring him down.

"I strongly reject and deny the accusations by Batu Kawan and her friends who conspired to bring down my image.

"This is political assassination, slander, to give an impression that I am not qualified to be a representative of the people.

"I have been an MP for four to five terms, and an Umno leader for 50 years. If i am a kind of person that doesn't respect people or doesn't respect women, I cannot be holding a position for the last 50 years or MP for 20 years. Half of the voters are women," he said.

The Dewan Rakyat turned chaotic on Wednesday last week after Tajuddin labelled some female DAP MPs as vulgar, foul-mouthed and offensive.

In 2016, Tajuddin caused a furore among 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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