According to The Star Online they did, addressing their apologies to the lady insulted, MP Fong Po Kuan for Batu Gajah, as well as to all Malaysian women.
Not so, said malaysiakini in a report that quoted one of those … slimy things …, who denied making any apology – probably a case of mana boleh, aku anak jantan lah.
Apologise? Has any UMNO bloke ever apologised for mistakes* or slurs, either of the racist or sexist type? Too much to hope for, I guess.
* remember Hishamuddin Hussein somehow persuaded the cabinet to reprimand MCA minister Ong Tee Keat for rasing a corruption issue that fell under Hishamuddin Hussein’s bailiwick, the Education Ministry. Ong was proven right but Hishamuddin did never apologise for raving and ranting about Ong’s ‘baseless allegation’. The other bloke who didn’t apologise falls under the ‘racist’ variety
Indeed Slug A said: "Why should I apologise? This was a matter raised during debate in Parliament. This is usual."
There you have it – it’s “usual” parliamentary conduct to make tasteless sexist innuendoes! May God save us from such unrepentant, unapologetic, uncouth ..… things!
Slug B did not pick up his telephone when contacted – maybe he has crawled back under the stone from where he had emerged?
But what has taken the cake must surely be the words of the (usually) most careful man in Malaysian politics, Najib Razak. There are already a couple of letters to malaysiakini lambasting him for suggesting on ntv7's 8 pm news on Monday that those BN louts' sexist remarks in Parliament were a ‘form of humour’ – undoubtedly the ‘usual’ type.
What is it about Malaysian leaders (politicians and senior civil servants) that they must defend the indefensible?
It’s not just the BN. It’s a Malaysian trait, as if admonishing their subordinates for the latter’s sins, mistakes and wayward errors would reflect on their own personal selves. There's an unexplained 'seige' mentality.
Johor Baru MP Shahrir Samad, for whom I have some respect, did once attempt to do the right thing by supporting the opposition’s motion to refer ‘close-one-eye’ monkey to the parliamentary privilege committee, but for his brave and righteous stand, he was punished by his party.
In this ‘leaking’ case, Shahrir tried to steer a (personal) middle course by admonishing the DAP for sensationalising the case when the two parties should discuss the issue quietly. Datuk, you know that's not good enough. I feel sorry for Shahrir who must be cringing at the tasteless behaviour of his UMNO