“Old Men Destroy The Country” – Young Malaysians React to the 3rd Session of the 14th Parliament

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(source: Malay Mail)

Today, all eyes were on the Third Session of the 14th Parliament of Malaysia. The Dewan Rakyat sitting today has been adjourned amid continuous chaos throughout the ongoing debate session as it was broadcasted live on RTM and online platforms.

ICYMI, pandemonium broke out in the Dewan Rakyat as Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin tabled a motion today to replace the Speaker, Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof. The bid to remove him succeeded with 111 yays to 109 nays.

According to the Malay Mail, the motion was fiercely debated as Opposition MPs protested the move to replace the former Court of Appeal judge. Next in line was the motion to appoint former Election Commission (EC) chairman Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun and Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said to replace incumbent Speaker Mohamad Ariff and his deputy, Nga Kor Ming.

But what really caught the attention of the youth were the remarks by Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim…

Baling MP, Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim in 2018 at court over alleged bribery and money laundering activities (source: The Star)

When Batu Kawan MP, Kasthuri Patho questioned the lack of women representatives in the list of the Parliamentary Selection Committee members today, Abdul Azeez allegedly passed shouted racist remarks at her including “gelap tak nampak” (“dark, I can’t see”), and then told her to apply powder to look more visible.

There was also a point in the sitting where young Muar MP, Syed Saddiq was “mocked” with ageist jokes by other MPs. Abdul Azeez also chipped and shouted at Syed Saddiq to “Tanya Atok kenapa dia letak jawatan” (“[go] ask Grandpa why he resigned”), referring to Langkawi MP and former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Baling MP didn’t stop there. Abdul Azeez also shouted “Cakap Melayu la, kalau tak boleh cakap Melayu (“speak in Malay, if you can’t speak in Malay”) you aren’t fit to be in this parliament lah” to Ipoh Barat MP, M. Kula Segaran who briefly spoke in English regarding the process of appointing the Speaker.

All in, it was chaos and the clips of these moments were out in the open for the youth to judge. Take a look at what they have to say:

Let’s end this with a funny one: 

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