10 October 2019
Press Statement by MCA Youth National Chairperson Nicole Wong Siaw Ting
Hanipa’s sexist remarks speaks volumes about his calibre: Apologise to all Malaysians now
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Hanipa Maidin’s sexist remark towards Pengerang MP Dato’ Sri Azalina Othman during a Parliamentary session speaks volumes about the calibre of PH’s Cabinet. To have a top leader utter such a derogatory statement within the halls of the Parliament is a disgrace to our country.
Despite PH’s pledge to turn Malaysia into a progressive nation, the rudimentary notion of showing courtesy and respect seems to escape even their deputy minister.
Hanipa need not only apologise to Azalina, but also the people of Malaysia as his words had affected the entire population, and especially women, with his sexism.
All Parliamentarians must pay proper attention to the character they exude in the Dewan Rakyat. They should debate on national policies with the utmost of professionalism, knowing what they do impacts the future of our country. Do not get sucked into a third-rate mentality by spewing disrespectful vulgarity and squabble without content or direction.
For instance, when debating the repeal of the Anti-Fake News Act, we should analyse the policy from the standpoint of pragmatism and practicality, instead of repealing it simply because the previous administration passed it.
Moreover, the top brass of PH, including Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, continuously talk about the need to curb the spread of false information. So, where is the logic behind repealing an existing Act to table a new, similar one on a later date?
Nicole Wong Siaw Ting
MCA Youth National Chairperson