The government must not practise double standards on opposition lawmakers

Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional (BN) Member of Parliamet (MP) Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin has called on the government not to practise double standards when it comes to the opposition lawmakers in the Dewan Rakyat.

Speaking to reporters, the Kinabatangan MP said just because he is an outspoken type of MP and not part of the current government, it does not mean that the government can do as they wish.

“The Pakatan Harapan government is not being fair to me by denying my rights at Dewan Rakyat,” he said.

Bung Moktar’s dissatisfaction came after, the government is expected to propose a motion today for him to be brought to the Parliament Rights and Privileges Committee after he used foul language on Aug 7.

He however has apologised for his action.

Bung Moktar also said it is questionable when the government did not approve the Dewan Rakyat Speaker’s decision.

“Is the government trying to overrule the Speaker and Deputy Speaker decision, where both of them have accepted my apology when I was asked to do so.

“I have sincerely retracted and apologised for using foul language.

“Therefore, I hope that the speaker will be more firm and will not allow anyone or a government to overrule the decision made.”

He said if the government is serious in taking action, it should reprimand all the MPs who used foul language in a hansard and propose a motion together.

During the incident, Bung Moktar said ‘F*** y**’ at Willie Mongin (PH-Puncak Borneo) when the latter alleged that the former visited a casino, during the debate on the motion to introduce the Sales and Services Tax (SST).

After the session resumed in the afternoon Deputy Speaker Datuk Rashid Hasnon ordered Bung Moktar to retract his foul words.

The BN lawmaker duly retracted his words. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd