The readers write-in comments in Malaysiakini Vox Populi columns such as 'Repent, you shameful man' and 'Suspend Kinabatangan MP' said it all about their disgust for the Member of Parliament (yes a MP, can you bloody believe this!) for Kinabatangan, Bung Mokhtar Radin.
Bloke did a hands gesture known to Penangites as ‘kapuk’.
The dictionary tells us that one meaning of the act of ‘kapuk-ing’ or ‘berkapuk’ would be ‘to embrace from behind’ as in the example of a bad rider doing so to a horse’s neck.
The dictionary obviously refuses to continue from there, which young Penangites in my days could, by including, to that action of clinging from behind, a humping action as well.
Malaysiakini reader Sabahan said: "This clown is an insult not only to all parliamentarians, but to all Malaysians and especially Sabahans."
* yes, Bung Mokhtar Radin is from the land beneath the winds, which would have blown right straight through his skull
"He thinks that the Parliament is a coffee shop where he can use vulgar language and gestures and crack vulgar jokes to amuse his like-minded fellow parliamentarians from the Barisan Nasional."
Another Vox Populi reader compared his behaviour to that of a trishaw puller, except of course a trishaw puller is not a member of parliament.
This Bung Mokhtar Radin bloke has a notorious history of unsavoury thuggish behaviour in Parliament, with complete disrespect for ladies. He was one of the disgusting Bocor-ites.
Then there was that tebuan keeper, Badruddin Amiruldin.
Last year at the UMNO general assembly, Wanita Umno Kubang Kerian chief Zaleha Hussin must have felt she too needed to make some kind of impact at the gathering as we all know it’s a competitive world in UMNO as the party’s pyramidal structure gets narrower and narrower as one strives to the top
Though there were plenty of important pressing material for discussions at such forum, what with the nation still reeling from corruption, crimes and cronyism (all three ‘c’ could well be inter-related), and prices inflating like chapattis heated on pans, and young little girls murdered before they reached 10, Zaleha decided …….. get this …….. to attack the uniform of AirAsia air stewardesses.
Malaysiakini reported that at the UMNO annual assembly Wanita delegate sees red over AirAsia uniform. The women delegates to the annual general assembly of mighty political juggernaut UMNO discussed in depth, and with strong words, the AirAsia uniform for female cabin crew as ‘embarrassing’ to women.
She gasped: “Legs, knees and thighs are exposed for all to see. This is an embarrassment to women. Something must be done.”
She raised the matter during the debate on a motion on social issues and religion. And guess who was the Chairperson of the debate?
Yes, Badruddin Amiruldin. The exchange between these two midgets went as follows:
Zaleha: The provocative uniform must be changed to something reflective of Eastern values and which complies with the values of Islam.
Badruddin: I think their skirts are too short.
Zaleha: Cloth can be bought.
Badruddin: I think they don’t have enough cloth.
I suppose one could admit the debate was 'profound' ........ well, in UMNO's mentality.
Zaleha: She [referring to her ‘embarrassed’ friend] said a flight attendant sat in front of her and she could see her legs, thighs and knees. She was so embarrassed!
Badruddin: Did she see the tunnel?
And the UMNO crowd roared with laughter and approval at that salacious remark by the Chairperson of an UMNO forum on social issues and religion.
I blogged on this momentous UMNO event in No light at end of UMNO 'Tunnel'.
Then there was a former minister who made blatant racist comments against Malaysian Sheela Moorthy that her darker skin would probably mean that she came from a lower caste.
And when a so-called blogger-leader claimed he apologised (which no one had received nor heard), the blogger pronounced (in my opinion, rather too hastily) that the matter was closed. He added that the minister “did right to apologize, in my opinion. It is a quality missing in many politicians.”
I posted in The invisible 'apology':
Hang on a ding dong sec ….. First of all, apologising was the only acceptable and expected thing for the minister to do, but let’s not get carried away and phrase it as if he is to be commended.
Indeed I put the affair into its correct perspective by reminding everyone there’s nothing to commend that minister, just because he apologized for his racist remarks which he should not and never should have made in the first place.
The apology has to be the only expected outcome of such a stupid remark but did not in any way erase the insult already flung at Sheela in mind-boggling reckless fashion.
We were subsequently informed by Sheela's sister that she heard of no apology. She blasted:
“It is rumoured that he apologised. Really? How come I am the last to know? And it was through an aide? And to the ‘student in LA’? How come nothing in the media? Pressure not to publicise the issue I was told.”
“Despite the many interviews we have had with reporters (who approached us by the way) from Bernama, The News Straits Times and The Star, not one word of it was published. It is a sorry and scary state of affairs. If he did apologise, why was there nothing in the media? All I know is what I gather from reading the blogs. So much for World Press Freedom Day.”
Next, a former (but still at heart) UMNO bloke from Pasir Mas Kelantan, which I discussed in Ibrahim Ali said 50-year old women no longer fun - OK, I won’t say anymore.
How about pious PAS?
Two years ago I posted Gatal versus Miang where I related the case of Abdul Fatah Harun, the honourable PAS member for Rautau Panjang.
As reported in Malaysiakini, he told parliament “If we see women who don’t have husbands and are divorced not because their husbands are dead, (it must be because) they are ‘gatal sikit’”
When a swarm of protestors bollocked him, he qualified himself unrepentantly with “I said most women. I didn’t say all women. Most of the women who have divorced are gatal.”
Well, that explains! It’s only most women, not all women. Alhamdulillah (praise be to God)!
While there were protestations and angry response from many MPs, the most outstanding one came from Tan Lian Hoe (BN-Bukit Gantang) who yelled at him:
“You said women are gatal. Why don’t you say men who have divorced are also gatal? Why don’t you said they are miang? (euphemism for lustful male) If you are a gentleman, you have to withdraw that remark which is humiliating to women.”
Well, I hope Tan didn't hold her breath for misogynistic PAS?
Hmmm, what about prim, proper, prudish DAP then?
Well, I was shocked to say the least when I saw a post titled ‘Superpoked’. It referred to the case of Saiful Bukhari Azlan, asking for the outcome of the police medical examination of the alleged sodomy victim.
Dos one refer to an alleged sodomy victim or a case of alleged sodomy as ‘superpoked’?
It’s distasteful, insensitive and outrageous, and I think that the only reason the BN people failed to pounce on that was they have been so used to making such offensive statements themselves that they didn't recognize its unacceptability.
That blogger must grow up and remember he’s no longer a Gerakan Party blogger but a DAP blogger, and not only that but a DAP Member of Parliament as well.
My dear friend, don’t fall into the same gutter that Bung Mokhtar Radin, Member of Parliament for Kinabatangan, had dug for himself!
Members of Parliament must lift their bloody game.