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Some disgusted with walkout by opposition MPs

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — Oct 23, 2016: The now infamous storm out staged by opposition members of parliament (MPs) to protest the 2017 Malaysian Budget when it was tabled two days ago, continues to be the talk of town.

Despite being unhappy over their acts, many were, however, not surprised by the opposition MPs “unbecoming behavior” that had even upset Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.

Some even went as far as calling the MPs “irresponsible lot of monkeys” for walking out of the budget’s presentation, citing that they have neglected their sworn duties as representatives of the people.

“Monkeys – that’s a harsh word to use, but it is well justified in this case. Come to think of it their actions are a good thing,” wrote Facebooker Ahmad Cendana.

“They have inadvertently exposed themselves to their supporters as to what they really are. A bunch of uncouth empty barrels without much substance. So these are the people who are being promoted to replace the present government?” he added.

“What is the point of voting for the opposition into Parliament when they keep walking out of it,” chided Edwin Jansz, “Bunch of useless animals who can’t even do their job as MPs!”

“They have no b#$%#! That is why they wanted out of the Dewan Rakyat. Those who voted for these irresponsible p#@$ to be their representative…please be ready to eat some $ht$,” wrote Imran Ismail.

So far,only two reasons were given by high-ranking opposition MPs to justify their walkout when the budget was presented by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail insisted that they walked out of the Dewan Rakyat because the presented budget was “unrealistic.”

“The budget is just a bunch of smokes and mirrors,” Wan Azizah was quoted as saying, “We want him to reveal who is MO1 (Malaysian Official 1).”

Whereas DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng claimed that the opposition MPs exited the Dewan Rakyat because they were peeved by Najib’s “relentless snubs” towards them throughout the budget’s presentation.

“I can understand where the opposition was coming from and why they walked out. Najib used the budget speech to continuously attack the opposition,” said Lim at a press conference in Penang yesterday.

Responding to duo’s excuses, Facebooker Rayme Azuan wrote this: “What a bunch of pathetic monkeys. It’s okay for them to attack, spread lies, create havoc and hatred but when others retaliate, they cried foul. I don’t want the country to be run by a bunch of crying monkeys.

There were also those who argued that the MPs walked out of the Dewan Rakyat, simply because they were not “intelligent” enough to understand it.

“Anyone can stage a walkout. You do not need any intelligence to do it,” wrote Abu Nurin, “But not everyone can analyse and criticise the budget.”

 

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.