KUALA LUMPUR: The talk on the Anti-Faux Information Act reached boiling level at the moment when a deputy minister was pressured to cease from ending his winding-up speech on the invoice to repeal the legislation on the Dewan Rakyat after making a sexist comment.
Delivering a joke in dangerous style, Deputy Minister within the Prime Minister Division Mohamed Hanipa Maidin mentioned: “Once I noticed you, I get confused whether or not you’re a man or girl” in response to a query by Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Mentioned (BN-Umno-Pengerang).
Azalina, a former minister, had earlier sought clarification on Singapore’s Anti-Faux Information legislation.
Virtually instantly, Hanipa apologised and retracted his phrases, amid offended shouts by opposition MPs.
A number of MPs, together with Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (Pas-Kubang Kerian) and Che Abdullah Mat Nawi (Pas-Tumpat), known as for the deputy minister to cease his speech and for the home to proceed to bloc voting.
Others have been heard yelling ”jawab, jawab!”, drowning Hanipa out in his try and proceed talking.
In response, deputy speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon requested Hanipa to conclude, 40 minutes into his speech.
Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof then stepped in for the voting course of whereas MPs from either side of the divide continued taking jabs at one another.
The decrease home voted 93 to 53 to approve the invoice, which noticed 25 members of parliament take part within the two-day debate.
Hanipa had earlier mentioned the federal government was steadfast in its stance to repeal the Act, which “was enacted in haste” by the earlier authorities.
“Nevertheless, this doesn’t imply that we don’t view pretend information significantly.
“As a authorities which upholds the integrity of Federal Structure, we’re dedicated in our efforts to repeal the legislation regardless of going through challenges.
“Simply as we don’t need to see folks fall prey to pretend information, we wouldn’t need to see anybody changing into victims to the Act which is deemed as a draconian legislation,” he mentioned in his winding-up speech on the invoice.
Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad (BN-Umno-Parit Sulong) interjected and requested why it was essential to repeal the legislation, as a substitute of amending it.
“There are numerous legal guidelines, particularly the Penal Code, Printing Presses and Publication Act; and Communications and Multimedia Act, which have provisions to combat pretend information, thus amendments ought to be made on these legal guidelines as a substitute.
“You have been the one who made the error (by enacting Anti-Faux Information Act), not us,” mentioned Hanipa.
Regardless of being tabled for the second time, the invoice was met with a lot enthusiasm, with some opposition members calling for the Act to be retained.
Earlier makes an attempt by the federal government to repeal the Act hit a snag when the invoice did not get approval from the Dewan Negara after being handed by the decrease Home.
The invoice to repeal the Act was re-tabled after the top of the one-year cooling-off interval underneath Article 68 of the Federal Structure.