What's wrong with some of our MPs? An innocent question on national integration at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday ended up with MPs throwing racial insults at each other. It was just a simple discussion on the national integration programme and soon our MPs were throwing tantrums, putting on their worst behaviour and shouting racial slurs. The notorious Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak), who has a record for making outrageous remarks, and Datuk Lilah Yassin (BN-Jempol), have left Malaysians wondering what's wrong with them. (For the full transcript of the exchange, check out the Hansard in the Parliament website via this link and read from Pages 13-18)
Are they from Malaysia or another planet? Yes, they represent Umno, a Malay based party but surely, they also need the votes of other races in their constituencies. Surely, they must understand that Malaysia is a melting pot which we can trace our ancestry roots to Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, China, Thailand, Myanmar and elsewhere. So, what's with this "go to Singapore" and "this is not China" remarks? They smacked of racism. Malaysians, regardless of their races, are pretty tired with such racist politicians. They seem to come from all parties and when they lose in the elections, they wonder why, and they start blaming everyone else except themselves. Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz must be commended for bringing some sense back to the Dewan Rakyat following the uproar. If our politicians want to be addressed as Yang Berhormat, we expect them to show maturity and self-restraint in Parliament.