In Parliament, Tajuddin is notorious for his abrasive language – which include words like “keling” and “bastard” – which he brought into the government when he was appointed as agriculture and agro-based industry deputy minister in 2013.
He is now embroiled in controversy over his statement that the Chinese community would be slapped ( lempang ) if they sought foreign help over their grouses.
Tajuddin’s explanations of the offending remark, like his career, has been gravity-defying since he first made his statement on Thursday.
In the span of only 24 hours, Tajuddin’s explanations ranged from outright denial to claiming that he was misquoted, to saying that it was “just a reminder” and even declaring that it was just “a joke”.
“I want to warn the Chinese Malaysians, don’t think when you have a problem, you want to complain, just a little bit also complain so that there will be people to protect them.
“Nak kena lempang macam itu (get a slap for that),” Tajuddin was quoted as saying by news portal Malaysiakini at a press conference after officiating an exhibition .
The Umno supreme council member also called on the Chinese to stop “fantasizing” that external powers or a “Godfather” from China would defend them.
“When he said ‘protecting his people’, he doesn’t mean Chinese Malaysians. Why should he interfere? I would also get angry if he interfered.
“How can I use the word ‘lempang’ and so on? That is school kids language.
This reporter, I do not understand her. That is her interpretation.
“I am not a young boy. How can I use that kind of word?
If I say something, it should suit my stature as a veteran politician. How can I use stupid words like that?”
“Why should I apologise? What wrong did I do?”
“What is reported by Malaysiakini … That was not necessarily what I said.”
“There were no threats made, be it to ‘lempang‘ or any other form of threats.
“It was just a reminder to the Chinese in Malaysia that if they have a problem, they should solve it internally.
“Do not involve outsiders. Do not think of getting protection from outside.”
Source : SAYS
Source : Malaysiakini