KEPONG MP Lim Lip Eng has lambasted Langkawi MP Datuk Mohd Suhaimi Abdullah for his sexist jibe directed towards Seputeh MP Teressa Kok during yesterday’s (Oct 26) Dewan Rakyat proceedings.
Lim said Mohd Suhaimi’s conduct as an MP is extremely disappointing as he should set an example for the people, adding that every religion teaches its believers to be polite, decent and have good morals.
“I also demand that Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin impose disciplinary action against Mohd Suhaimi for his inappropriate actions,” the DAP MP said in a statement today (Oct 27).
This came after Mohd Suhaimi caused an uproar in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday (Oct 26) when he invited a female colleague to visit the island’s beaches wearing nothing.
He was responding to Kok, who had asked him if visitors to Langkawi beaches are allowed to wear shorts.
“I especially want to invite YB Seputeh (Kok) to come wearing nothing,” he said in yesterday’s (Oct 26) Dewan Rakyat session, to groans and laughter from other members of the house.
Kampar MP Chong Zhemin immediately chimed in and said public nudity was against the law and subsequently told Mohd Suhaimi to retract his statement, prompting the Bersatu lawmaker to double down his sexist jibe.
“I forgot to say I would like to imagine how it would be if Seputeh came (to Langkawi) wearing nothing,” Mohd Suhaimi further remarked.
Former Petaling Jaya MP, Maria Chin Abdullah also joined the chorus of voices slamming Mohd Suhaimi for his sexist jibe, calling it “horrendous, anti-women behaviour” as the opposition MPs were also laughing without reprimanding Mohd Suhaimi.
“Absolute shameful wakil rakyat and bring disrepute to the parliament,” Chin said on X (formerly Twitter) yesterday (Oct 26).
Meanwhile, former Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto questioned if Perikatan Nasional (PN) had rebuked Mohd Suhaimi for using such vulgarities in the Dewan Rakyat.
“Bring the gavel down hard on sexist and uncouth MP like him. It’s 2023 and we still must listen to garbage like this,” Kasthuri tweeted yesterday (Oct 26).
Bentong MP Young Syefura similarly tore into Mohd Suhaimi for committing sexual harassment in the broad daylight.
“He even said ‘I would like to imagine’. If someone ever say this is a joke, please stop with such shameful jokes,” she posted on X on the same day (Oct 26).
Former Klang MP Charles Santiago, meanwhile, suggested that Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul ought to reprimand Mohd Suhaimi for disrespecting a fellow MP and the women in the country.
“Would he say the same thing to his wife and daughters? He has turned Dewan Rakyat into a joke and will Muhyiddin disciplined him?” Santiago, who is also National Water Services Commission (SPAN) chairman said on his Twitter yesterday (Oct 26).
This was not the first time Mohd Suhaimi had uttered a controversial remark in the Dewan Rakyat. Recall that in February, he reportedly had MPs on the edge of their seats with a tale of how a woman had invited him to her home and took off her blouse.
Mohd Suhami then claimed that the woman said she had lost one of her breasts after being attacked by her drug-addled son. He told the story while stressing the importance of combating drug addiction among youths.
Suhaimi won Langkawi with a majority 13,518 votes, against four other candidates including former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. – Oct 27, 2023