KUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Rakyat proceedings this afternoon took a hilarious turn, as Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) lawmakers took offence at being called PAN instead of Amanah.
Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar squared off with Khalid Abd Samad (Amanah-Shah Alam) and Mohamed Hanipa Maidin (Amanah-Sepang), saying that “Sepang, Shah Alam kalah bertanding dalam Pas, lari masuk PAN” (Sepang and Shah Alam lost under the Pas banner and joined PAN).
The jibe did not sit well with Hanipa, who called Noh Omar “bangang” (stupid) and said under Amanah’s constitution, the party’s acronym was not PAN, but Amanah.
Both Hanipa and Khalid continuously heckled Noh Omar (BN-Tanjung Karang) over the error, saying that the acronym is spelled Amanah.
The heckling prompted Noh Omar to respond, “I will say whatever I want. There is nothing in the law that states if I say PAN, it is an offence. PAN is PAN!”
“It is my right to call Parti Amanah Negara as PAN!” he exclaimed as both Amanah parliamentarians urged him to read the words Amanah, which was displayed clearly.
The verbal exchange continued with political jibes being hurled with ease.
Noh Omar stated that the two were not “amanah” (trustworthy) by running from Pas, to which Khalid retorted by saying that they left Pas to continue the good fight and Hanipa added that many had also left Umno to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).
Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Ismail Mohamed Said, who was calmly watching the exchange of words finally lifted the gavel and struck it down hard, calling for order in the house.
Ismail said he has no intention to chair a political forum, drawing laughter from the representatives.
Noh Omar then ended his winding up speech, but not before taking another shot at both Hanipa and Khalid again.