It's a disgrace really. I am now at the Dewan Rakyat press room to send out my post after catching the first 40 minutes of question time. It's being telecast live and millions of Malaysians must be watching the proceedings. Having covered the Dewan Rakyat for years, I must admit the performance of some MPs has been pretty disgraceful.
While the Opposition MPs appeared to capitalise on the live telecast by bringing up procedural issues, the Barisan Backbenchers Club deputy chief Datuk Bung Mokhtar was in his usual element - being unparliamentary.
At one point, DAP's Karpal Singh called the Kinabatangan MP "Big Foot" and he shouted back "Big Monkey". And this is only the first day of question time. Pasir Mas MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali also joined in the fray, sounding more like a Barisan MP although he sits on the opposition bench. But clearly the Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin lacked the command and authority to bring order on the first day.
At one stage, he said there should be no supplementary questions, which even the Prime Minister must have found unusual. Pak Lah luckily asked for some questions to be allowed.