15 May, 2007

Outrage grows against ‘Bocor’ MPs

The "bo­cor" issue, which caused an uproar in the Dewan Rakyat (Parliament) last week, has spilled over.

The parliamentarians who were responsible for the remark that offended women received a dressing down in the Dewan Negara today.

And elsewhere, women’s groups are preparing a protest gathering tomorrow, with calls being made for a mechanism to “take care of this kind of behaviour”.

In the Dewan Negara, Deputy Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Wong Kam Hoong said the rough remarks made by some MPs had ruined the govern­ment’s campaign to create a well-mannered society.

He was answering a supplementary question from Gooi Hoe Hin, who suggested the ministry hold a courtesy course for “some parliamentarians”.

“Our courtesy campaign has been ruined. Pak Lah’s programme to build a first class human capital has been ruined as well.

“As MPs, we should be careful on our conduct and the way we talk, especially issues on women whom we respect,” Wong said.

He said the lot of MPs had been besmirched.

“Repeatedly (they made inappropriate remarks). How do they face their family, mothers, daughters, sisters, especially when yesterday) was Mother’s Day? I am very disappointed,” Wong said, without naming the MPs.

He said the ministry would submit a report on the matter to the premier.

Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN – Kinabatangan) and Datuk Mohd Said Yusof (BN – Jasin) had raised an outcry for uttering a sexist remark against Fong Po Kuan (DAP – Batu Gajah) during a heated exchange about the ceiling leakage in Parliament last Wednesday (May 9).

“Where is the leak? Batu Gajah MP also leaks every month,” Bung Mokhtar was quoted as saying.

Earlier, in answering another question pertaining to this issue, Women, Family and Community Development Ministry parliamentary secretary Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said the minister concerned would bring this matter to the cabinet soon.

At a function today, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat said she wants action to be taken to ensure that remarks that insult or belittle women will not be repeated in Parliament.

“I feel hurt at what hap­pened and I want concrete steps taken to ensure that similar incidents do not recur.

“I will raise the matter at the cabinet meeting on Wednesday to discuss the steps to be taken,” she said.

“This has been happening many times and must not be taken lightly. More importantly, we want action.”

At another function, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was also asked about this matter.

Initially, he said it was up to Parliament to decide, but when pressed whether it was proper for MPs to make such remarks, he said: “I don’t want to pass judgment about what they said. They said it in a very ... It was not supposed to be taken seriously, I think if you take it with a sense of humour, then ... But of course people are making a big meal out of this issue.”

Outside Parliament, the Joint Action Group on Gen­der Equality (JAG) is organi­sing a public protest tomorrow outside the Women, Family and Community Develop­ment Ministry in the Bukit Perdana Government Complex.

The protest will start at 11am with the reading of a statement from the group, after which JAG representatives hope to meet the minister.

“What we aim to achieve is to stop all this discrimination and sexism in the Parliament, and also to ensure there is a mechanism to take care of this kind of behaviour,” Women’s Development Collective executive director Maria Chin Abdullah said on behalf of JAG.

Women’s Aid Organi­sation executive director Ivy Josiah noted that from as early as 2000, there had been a pattern of chauvinistic remarks by the MPs.

“Occasionally there was an apology and what appeared to be a slap on the wrist, but it is not addressing the deep-seated sexist culture. There is this attitude that women are fair game,” she said.

She noted that in 2002, the banner organisation Women’s Agenda for Change submitted a three-page memorandum to the House Speaker, highlighting examples of sexist and lewd language in Parliament and urging that sexual harassment prohibitions be incorporated in the Parliamentary code of conduct.

“Hopefully we will not have to wait another five years,” she added.

The All Women's Action Society (AWAM) said in a statement the comments by Bung Mokhtar and Mohd Said insulted every girl and woman.

AWAM said “letting [the MPs] off without even a reprimand, or making them apologise, sends the signal that sexual harassment of women is acceptable”.

DAP leaders today sent a letter of protest to the office of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, who is also BN Whip.

The party is also organising a forum on this issue on May 17 night in Wisma YMCA in Brickfields.
In the letter, the DAP called for the suspension and the sacking of the two BN MPs over their sexist remarks.

(The Sun)

Malaysiakinis Vox Populi : Bung Mokhtar must apologise to mother

He should also apologise to his wife, to Batu Gajah MP Fong Poh Kuan and to all women in the country for his recent sexist comments in Parliament.

MRP: I read with great horror and disbelief as to how someone like Datuk Bung Mokhtar Raden seems to get away with a lot things that are either racist or sexist in Parliament. He should not only apologise to YB Fong Poh Kuan and all women in this country but also to his wife and mother as well.

The prime minister will do good if he does not allow someone like Bung Mokhtar Raden to stand for election again in Kinabatangan.

If he still stands in the coming general elections, I pray to God that the voters of Kinabatangan will 'buang' Mokhtar Raden from Kinabatangaan. Malaysia does not need a lawmaker such as him as he only brings shame to us.

Juliana Lim: I am very appalled and even angry at the sexist language used by the two MPs Dato' Bung Mokhtar Radin and Dato' Mohd Said Yusof on the MP for Batu Gajah Fong Poh Kuan.

I am a woman myself and their ‘no class’ remarks hits at every female. As said by others, they paid no heed that they also have women in their lives - mothers, sisters, wives and daughters.

Such let-down MPs are deplorable. They cannot differentiate a joke from an insult.

Yee: These two men have had a history of vulgarity and crudity. It has been shown that there is little between their ears. Their constituencies and the rakyat as a whole must speak in no uncertain terms against such behaviour.

Do not vote them in again for the sake of Malaysia.

Disturbed Malaysian Taxpayer: Please get these two jokers in Parliament to tell the same thing to their mothers, sisters , daughters and even their girlfriends. Later, let them report their 'findings' back to the Parliament as to how happy their 'subjects' were.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the "BOCOR" sexist remark direct to Batu Gajah MP Fong Poh Kuan then the 2MPs Dato' Bung Mokhtar Radin and Dato' Mohd Said Yusof should say "SORRY" to her personally and sincerely. What is the use to apologise to all the women in Malaysia if they did not apologise to her as she is the main person here who was being insulted.

May 19, 2007 11:13 AM  

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