According to The Star, Mr Abdul Azeez made the remark in Parliament after he was interrupted by a few opposition lawmakers.Mr Abdul Azeez had reportedly said to Mr Wong, “Apek, duduklah” (Apek, sit down lah), using a derogatory term for the Chinese
.When Mr Wong refused to sit down, Mr Abdul Azeez reportedly told him to “balik tongsan”.
Source : Today Online
Umno lawmaker Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said that his “balik tongsan” remark in Parliament was made in jest, claiming that he has been called “tambi” before but took it in stride.
Abdul Azeez also told The Star Online that he has a good relationship with Malaysians across race and religion.
“My friends in the media of all languages also know my good relations with all people and they can surely vouch that I am no racist,” Abdul Azeez was quoted saying.
“Balik tongsan” means “go back to China”. Although not derogatory, the term is sometimes viewed as an insult to the ethnic Chinese who were born here and have Malaysian citizenship.
“Tambi” is a non-derogatory Tamil term that means “little brother”.
The Star reported that Abdul Azeez had made the “balik tongsan” remark in Parliament Wednesday after he was interrupted by a few opposition lawmakers.
Abdul Azeez had reportedly said to Kota Kinabalu MP Jimmy Wong from the DAP, “Apek, duduklah” [Apek, sit down lah], using a derogatory term for the Chinese.
When Wong refused to sit down, Abdul Azeez reportedly told him to “balik tongsan”.
Source : Malay Mail
“The word is very sensitive to any community especially the Chinese community in Malaysia,” said Loke.
Azeez claimed that the sexist remark was not hurled directly at Kasthuriraani.
“Batu Kawan challenged us (in her debate). I stood up, I wanted to speak, but she said ‘No’. Then I asked, ‘Why are you afraid? You are worse than a ‘pondan’,” he explained.