KUALA LUMPUR: Barely five hours after engaging in a shouting match with each other at the Parliament lobby, two Umno members of parliament (MPs) have decided to forgive and forget.
Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman and Kuala Krau MP Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Mohamed Said were seen hugging each other in the presence of several BN MPs.
The scene was played out in an 11-second video clip shared by BN’s Pontian MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan on his Twitter account, @ahmadmaslan.
The video showed Tajuddin and Ismail holding each other before the former kissed the latter’s cheek. Ahmad also shared a photo of the moment.
The duo was accompanied by opposition leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Bera) and BN MPs, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (Arau); Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican (Kepala Batas); Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (Padang Terap) and Tan Sri Noh Omar (Tanjung Karang).
Later, Tajuddin and Ismail were accompanied by the BN MPs as they walked back into the Dewan Rakyat Hall from the Parliament tower.
Speaking to the reporters, Tajuddin said everything was now back to normal.
“Like siblings, all in the family.”
Ismail said the argument was a misunderstanding and they had solved it “as a family”.
At about noon today, an argument broke out between Tajuddin and Ismail.
A group of reporters who were in the midst of interviewing MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong at the parliament lobby, saw Tajuddin and Ismail exchanging words such as “stupid” and “bangang” (imbecile) at each other.
They were leaving the Dewan Rakyat hall when they taunted each other.
They were heard saying “kalau berani datanglah sini” (if you dare, come over here) to each other, seemingly ready to engage in a brawl before security personnel, as well as other MPs, separated them.
The shouting match continued until the bridge leading to the Parliament tower, where Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who had just come out of the Dewan Rakyat hall, calmed the situation.
Annuar took Ismail to meet Tajuddin at the Parliament tower to talk things over.
Before leaving, Ismail explained to reporters that he was dissatisfied over a photo of his friends visiting his sick daughter, which he claimed was made viral by Tajuddin.
“It was a photo of my friends meeting my daughter, and it became an issue that I made a pact to support another leader. It is not true,” he said.