malaysiakini carries a news item about AAB lambasting Lim KS and gang for harping on the case of the two Bocor MPs.
He advised ‘irresponsible’ parties (meaning Lim KS and the DAP) against politicising the issue of two MPs uttering sexist remarks in Parliament. The subtext was ‘for heavens sake, shut up, will you, we are already bloody embarrassed so stop harassing me’.
Well, AAB, it's the job of the opposition to make you squirm.
Anyway, though he launched a counter-attack against Lim (best form of defence being an attack) he grudgingly admitted that he wanted the incident to be a lesson for everyone.
He conceded that the government regrets the incident and has reminded everyone, especially MPs and those in high positions, to be more responsible.
Then, PR-ing a wee for himself and party (he’s a politician afterall), he said the Cabinet always takes justice into consideration. And the example of that was his instructions for the two idiots to be referred to Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, the Women, Family and Community Development Minister.
But where was the justice when those two baboons only apologised to women in general but pointedly refused to extend their regrets to the victim fo their remarks?
Also, AAB misses the point. But before I explain why, let’s remind ourselves of what a malaysiakini reader write in to explain why such clowns like those shameless salacious simians, Cyclops and his terrible twisted twin keep getting elected by their respective constituencies.
As an old visitor ali allah ditta once told me, all those clowns need in order to get re-elect would be just to give out the odd kain pelikat and an angpow of 100 ringgit.
Well, the malaysiakini reader (can’t recall his name) said it less flamboyantly than ali – he explained that those monkey MPs have constituencies who don’t give two stuff about modern values like political correctness. They want the usual ‘3 bowls of rice’ plus their traditional values (basically women should know their places). So the occasional dosage of sexist comments won’t go amiss.
Now, this isn’t a uniquely Malaysian or Malay characteristics. Chinese and Indians have them too except the Chinese are more exposed to new values. Their dragon ladies make sure they do ;-)
Besides, Chinese history is so full of their own Amazons, like Hua Mu Lan and the womenfolk of the Yang (Yeoh) family, so invariably there has been thousands of years of positive brainwashing for Chinese men to accept women as equals.
Even in Australia, there are such sexist MPs – most have to be covert types or they won’t get elected. A former opposition leader of a state (New South Wales) had to resign because he made a ‘pass’ at a reporter (what an idiot) while he was under the influence. Another, a senator in Western Australia, was reported to have told a woman that he would ‘squeeze the hell out of her tits’ – this idiot still survives his political career.
But AAB misses the whole point. It’s about parliamentary conduct. Just channelling those two barbarians (no matter how popular they are in their own constituencies) to a face-saving session with the Woman Minister has not been the correct and necessary prompt action for such parliamentary misconduct.
He should have, at that time, demanded the two apologise straightaway. How good would he have looked in the eyes of the public, well at least those who are more exposed to modern values.
Though he has indicated he’s aware of the wrong, perhaps there’s more to the whole affair than meets the eye. Probably a case of UMNO internal party dynamics – there are vested and sectional/factions’ interests at play, where some MPs mustn’t be touched.
AAB said: “We hope that this incident will be a good lesson to everyone.”
Yes, we the outsiders learnt that some idiots can get away with stupidity, where narrow political interests cannot be subordinated to human decency. Or, hmmm, maybe stupidity is one of the vital qualifications to be an MP or a politician?