From Stupid To Savage, Here Are 10 Things Malaysian Politicians Said In 2018
1. "Najib has done more for the Chinese community compared to all the Prime Minister before him combined" - Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan
In March, Rahman praised former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his speech for a Chinese New Year celebration in Sabah, claiming that Najib will help the Chinese in every way due to his love and appreciation for the community.
"Najib has never called Chinese 'pendatang' (migrants) or made light of their contributions," Rahman said, before adding that Najib had always cancelled policies that are deemed harmful to the Chinese community.
2. "English is not an intellectual language" - Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin
The Rompin MP said so in the Dewan Rakyat back in October, before warning against "glorifying" the English language.
"Rome, Persia, Arabia, China, and India built their civilisations on their respective languages. English speakers have never created global civilisations," Hasan said.
Hence, according to him, "English is not an intellectual language that develops the mind and brain".
3. "This (earthquake) is the punishment of Allah" - Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Following fatal Indonesian earthquakes in October, Zahid expressed worry over the "activities" of Malaysian lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBTs) by claiming that it is the community that caused the disaster.
"We are worried because we know what happened in Palu recently where there was an earthquake and tsunami. It was reported that there were more than 1,000 members of their community who were involved in such (LGBT) activities," Zahid said, before claiming that the disaster was a "punishment of Allah".
After Zahid's statement, Islamic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa warned Muslims against using natural disasters as examples to prove a point.
4. "F**k you" - Datuk Seri Bung Moktar
In August, Kinabatangan Member of Parliament (MP) Bung Moktar spewed vulgarity at fellow MP Willie Mongin in Parliament. Willie had commented on a viral clip reportedly showing Bung gambling in a casino.
Two months later, Bung escaped punishment for his stunt after apologising in the Dewan Rakyat.
5. "I want to stress here that the Selangor water issue is more critical" - Datuk Seri Najib Razak
6. "IQ of a carrot" - Khairy Jamaluddin
Last month, the Rembau MP told Datuk Lokman Adam he has the "IQ of a carrot" after the latter accused him of having a "finger-pointing attitude".
7. "Many shops sell condoms as well, (would you) have sex in those shops?" - Dr. Afif Bahardin
Penang state executive councillor for health Dr. Afif Bahardin compared designated smoking areas to condoms last month, after an assemblyman claimed that it is hypocritical of the government to allow the sale of cigarettes at eateries following the smoking ban.
"I think it would be hypocritical if we allow them (eateries) to sell cigarettes at their premises when smoking is prohibited at restaurants," Jawi assemblyman H'ng Mooi Lye was quoted as saying by The Malaysian Insight last month.
"Many shops sell condoms as well, (would you) have sex in those shops?" Afif said in response to H'ng.
8. "There are easier ways to kill me than using a sniper" - Lim Guan Eng
In October, Lim scrapped a RM7 million project to bulletproof the Ministry of Finance building because it was "a waste of money". The original project was meant to replace the windows on the top three floors of the building with bulletproof glass.
"There are easier ways to kill me than using a sniper," the Finance Minister then joked.
9. "I must be greater than Trump" - Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Fugitive financier Jho Low accused the Prime Minister of "putting words into the mouth" of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in August over the seizure of Equanimity, the luxury yacht.
In response to Jho Low, Mahathir sarcastically said that he must be "greater" than US President Donald Trump if he could put words into the mouth of DOJ.
"I am very proud that I can put words into the (mouth of the) US government... I must be greater than Trump," the Prime Minister said.
10. "Please sit down and don't run away" - Yang di-Pertuan Agong
A day after UMNO MPs walked out of the Dewan Rakyat in protest of the Dewan Rakyat speaker's appointment in July, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V told MPs in Parliament to "sit down and don't run away".
The Agong's statement, in reference to the walkout, had the Dewan Rakyat roaring with laughter.
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