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"Too Dark, Can't See" - Baling MP's Comment In Dewan Rakyat Infuriates The Opposition

The commotion lasted over 10 minutes during the second Parliamentary seating under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration.

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A comment made by a Perikatan Nasional (PN) lawmaker against a Pakatan Harapan (PH) lawmaker has sent the Dewan Rakyat into disorder today, 13 July

When Batu Kawan Member of Parliament (MP) Kasthuri Patto took the microphone in the august house to voice her discontent about the lack of women in the list of MPs being tabled to replace the current parliamentary selection committee, Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim made a sharp remark and changed the subject of debate.

"Too dark, can't see," said Abdul Azeez, who is aligned with UMNO.

Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.

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Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto (centre).

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After hearing Abdul Azeez's comment, Jelutong MP RSN Rayer stood up and demanded that the Baling MP retract his comment

"Before we proceed, Speaker, based on the rules, I request Baling MP to retract his 'too dark, can't see' comment," said Rayer.

To which Abdul Azeez shouted into the microphone, saying, "I am 'too dark, can't see' too. What's the difference here?"

"YB is dark too. Being dark is not an issue."

As Rayer and Abdul Azeez continued arguing over each other, newly-minted Dewan Rakyat Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun muted their microphones.

When Abdul Azeez got the chance to speak again, he reiterated that he is dark too.

"I did not say this YB is dark, I never said she is dark. I am also dark, just put on some powder," he stressed before sitting down.

Clockwise, from top left: Newly-minted Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan Harun, Jelutong MP RSN Rayer, Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, and Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran.

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"You cannot allow that kind of language," Rayer told the Speaker

"Speaker, please. You are a newly-minted Speaker. You must have some order."

"You cannot allow him to use such language," Rayer protested.

Other PH lawmakers, such as Setiawangsa MP Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad and Tanjung Malim MP Chang Lih Kang, also stood up to demand that Abdul Azeez retract his comment.

In self-defence, Kasthuri cited standing order 36(4), which stipulated that offensive or sexist remarks are not allowed to be used by members of the House. She added Abdul Azeez not only called her dark, but also asked her to put on some powder.

Rayer shouted with a pointing finger, saying that Abdul Azeez is a "racist".

Kasthuri also raised her voice, asking why female MPs in PN remained mum in face of such sexism.

Jelutong MP RSN Rayer.

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As the commotion dragged on, opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng spoke up and urged the Speaker to make the right decision

Clockwise, from top left: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng, and newly-minted Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan Harun.

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After hearing Abdul Azeez retracting his remarks, Speaker Azhar tried to repeatedly calm the House down, but to no avail.

Eventually, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan suggested postponing the proceeding to tomorrow and the motion was read out by Speaker Azhar.

The proceeding ended shortly after that.

Watch the commotion beginning at 47:00 below:

Today's Parliament seating witnessed the removal of Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof as the Dewan Rakyat Speaker:

In December 2019, then Speaker Mohamad Ariff suspended a MP for making a racist remark against RSN Rayer: