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Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Malaysia Today & Tomorrow :: Has the Sexist Duo, Bung-Said apologised?


We are left in the dark or at least in an unsure state whether the sexist duo Bung-Said has apologised for its sexist and vulgar "bocor" remarks. The Star said yes in its SMS alerts and in this online article :: MPs apologise for sexist remarks. This would have been quite inconsistent with the duo who are for their buffoonish remarks and failure to apologise for them.

Malaysiakini wondered too whether the duo has really apologised. Does the duo understands that by their remarks they have brought shame to almost 50% of the citizens of this nation if not almost all who understand shame and feel it. Could the Bung-Said duo really not understand shame and try to explain their remarks away in various fashion.

What distresses me is that there are others trying to help them along and waiting for their explanations. Meanwhile they are ever ready to assist by explaining that their remarks were made in jest, in the heat of the moment, that anger had got the better etc etc etc. Whatever, gentlemen do not react in whatever circumstances by insulting their own mothers, sisters, wives and other ladies in the nation. To explain that their remarks were directed at the lady MP of Batu Gajah alone gets them neither here nor there. The duo is still guilty of passing sexist, vulgar and disgraceful remarks. The honourable thing to do is to apologise and not try to explain things away and please don't qualify the apology by saying "if they had actually hurt the ladies' feelings".

The Cabinet has met and has given the Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil the mandate to handle the matter of this sexist duo. Can we expect the Minister to settle this matter in a manner acceptable to the ladies and gentlemen of this nation and not allow the sexist duo to squirm their way out with explanations and give them ever so gentle slaps on their wrists. They deserve more. Many are disappointed that the PM did not see it fit to handle the duo personally. Being a firm believer in the truth, Islam Hadhari, transparency, honourable behaviour and also the leader of this duo, the PM would be the right and proper person to mete out punishment for the near unforgivable behaviour of these two MPs of his. We should not expect less.


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