16 July 2013

PARLIAMENT A commotion erupted in the Dewan Rakyat after BN MP Bung Moktar Radin accused DAP of being behind sex bloggers Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee's Facebook posting that was deemed insulting to Islam.

The BN-Kinabatangan MP, who is no stranger to controversy, called for the immediate arrests of the bloggers, but riled up DAP MPs when he blamed them for the incident.

"They should be immediately arrested and charged, don't allow them to walk free.

"I realise this trend happening after the 13th general election, perhaps this is all being sponsored by DAP," he charged.

This drew an immediate rebuke from V Sivakumar (DAP-Batu Gajah), Anthony Loke (DAP-Seremban) and Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Taiping).

"This is slander, take it back, take the statement back," Nga shouted from across the hall.

Bung Moktar then replied that he was suggesting a possibility and not making an accusation.

Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh, left ) then stood up to cite standing order 36(6), stating: "A member cannot make statements in bad faith against another member of the House".

"I did not mention any MPs, I said DAP in general, maybe DAP, just maybe," rebutted Bung Moktar, who was debating the Supplementary Supply (2012) Bill.

Finally, deputy speaker Ismail Mohamed intervened, advising MPs to be polite in their language.

However, the chaos did not end there as Bung Moktar continued to taunt other DAP MPs while he elaborated on the sex bloggers.

"This couple used to make sex videos in Singapore and now they are doing this (insulting Islam) in Malaysia. Maybe Bandar Kuching is also involved," he said.

Chong Chien Jien (DAP-Bandar Kuching) then stood up citing the same standing order and demanded the statement to be withdrawn.

'Don't delay action'

Following this, Ismail again attempted to rein in Bung Moktar, who then backtracked slightly, saying: "I was just worried maybe Bandar Kuching had watched (their sex video)."

The deputy speaker finally told the him to move on to another topic, which calmed down the angry DAP MPs.

Later, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim stood up to intervene and concurred that immediate action should be taken against the sex bloggers.

"We cannot allow anyone to insult Islam in this country or anyone to insult any religions. Our stance is clear, there is no need to delay any more, insulting religion cannot be allowed," he said.

The sex bloggers had uploaded an image themselves purportedly eating pork on Facebook, with a greeting to Muslims to break fast with Bak Kut Teh.


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