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Monday, May 14, 2007
Malaysia Today & Tomorrow :: More Elegant Silence :: Will the two Sexist MPs Apologise?


This year's Mothers' Day has come and gone and those two MPs, Bung & Said have yet to apologise for passing sexist remarks which not only shamed the DAP MP but also their own mothers, sisters and wives and more.

The Star reporting the China Press has said that for one, Said has refused to apologise. Said said that the "bocor" he mentioned referred to the leaks in Parliament and which we must now believe occurs monthly and he also informed us that "bocor" or leaks could also mean to micturate or urinate. Last words from Said, according to China Press ::
"Apologise to Fong Poh Kuan? What is there to apologise for? I did not mean to offend her or other women."


Bung appears not to have made further comments. Looks like we are in the dark as to whether he will apologise or not.

Meanwhile after some delay the ladies of BN are awaking from their slumbers. A Malaysiakini report says that Wanita MCA chief Dr Ng Yen Yen has issued a statement criticising the two BN MPs for their "offensive" remarks. She reportedly said ::
"MCA as a party and on behalf of Wanita MCA, I want to voice my firm protest against such crudity. It is offensive even to the simplest of minds that we speak like this about anyone regardless of their gender, in this 21st century."


Bernama reports that the Women, Family and Community Development MINIster, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil wants action taken to ensure that statements that insult or belittle women will not be repeated in parliament. While she is at it, will she also ensure that statements that insult or belittle anyone will meet similar fate. And what action is she personally taking? She is gonna seek the opinions of her largely insensitive fellow Cabinet ministers to review and amend the rules on use of proper language in parliament. Can we be hopeful that they will all come to a consensus that such behaviour should not prevail in the Dewan?

Meanwhile, can we expect the Wanita heads of other BN component parties as well as alternative parties to come out with their condemnations of these two sexist MPs. Surely many are waiting for the first among equals to come out with his condemnation.

The DAP has submitted a memo to the DPM to express outrage over the sexist remarks by Bung & Said. Will this achieve anything? The DPM is probably waiting for the PM's response first. If the latter condemns these two, we can expect the rest of the BN crowd to join in. In the meantime, the DAP should continue with its state-wide meetings in Perak daily to express displeasure over the bocor remarks.


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