An Umno lawmaker’s snide remark to his DAP counterpart about the religious mark on his forehead caused an uproar in the Dewan Rakyat today, disrupting a highly anticipated discussion about an oversight body for the police.
The verbal sparring match began when Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman asked Jelutong MP RSN Rayer, a Hindu, if the sacred ash on his forehead belonged to the deceased former leader of the Communist Party of Malaya, Chin Peng.
“This is insulting to Hindus, I ask that Pasir Salak apologise because he had insulted Hindus in Malaysia.
“I ask Pasir Salak to retract your statement because the Yang Berhormat from Barisan Nasional has insulted the Hindus,” Rayer demanded.
He was seconded by Batu Gajah MP Sivakumar Naidu, also from the DAP.
Tajuddin subsequently retracted his remark, but the matter did not end there.
Another Umno representative, Lenggong MP Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah chided Rayer for his sweeping claim that BN had insulted Hindus in the country, which sparked another shouting match between the two sides.
This too eventually subsided, allowing de facto law minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong to continue his proposal to withhold tabling the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill.