Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I’m being sexually harassed, says Bung Mokhtar after calling Malaysian female drivers as lousy drivers!!
Kinabatangan Member of Parliament, Datuk Bung Moktar Radin on the limelight again.
1st he drew ire from women groups for suggesting in the Malaysian Parliament that women leaked (menstruate) every month, that remarks came after the MPs debated about leak in the Parliament roof.
2ndly, he was constantly on the limelight when he married Malaysia's sexy and popular actress, Zizie Ezette.
Maybe Bung Moktar is reffering to these kind of women drivers..
He said most women drivers were slow and did not pay attention to their surroundings while they were at the wheel.
“Some women drivers drive slowly and seem oblivious to traffic.
“When you honk at them, they get agitated with some even showing hand gestures to other drivers,” he said during the debate on the Supplementary Supply Bill.
Today, Wednesday 30th March 2011, an annoyed Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin has made a passionate plea to women's groups not to target him as a sexist following his comments about women being slow drivers.
The Kinabatangan MP said his Monday's 28 March 2011 remarks in the Dewan Rakyat had been manipulated, causing him to be singled out by women's groups so much so that he felt “sexually harassed”.
“I was talking about careless drivers and dangerous road conditions,” he said, explaining that he did not accuse women of being 100% responsible for road accidents and that he was merely talking about those who had just passed their driving tests.
He said he had the utmost respect for women and considered them as a God's gift who must be respected and treasured.
“But this has been manipulated by several parties as though I did not respect women. Today, I have become the focus of women's groups. I wish to ask the Speaker for help as I consider this sexual harassment against me,” he told the Dewan Wednesday, 30 Mac 2011, amid laughter from the floor.
“I never said that women were the cause of it (road accidents). It is the Opposition who twisted it,” he added.
He did not blame the media for sparking the uproar against him, saying “it is usual for newspapers to sensationalise the news”.
His clarification drew support from Datuk Ismail Kassim (BN-Arau), who said the issue did not arise as he was witness to it when Bung Mokhtar spoke about it on Monday.
After the controversial remarks, Bung has come under fire from various quarters including women groups, the opposition and even from a BN women minister.
Women's groups have slammed the sexist remarks by Bung against women drivers, calling him a disgrace.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister of the ruling BN party, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said Bung's statement against women drivers was completely uncalled for and offensive.
“We are gathering statistics on road accidents from the police to get a clearer picture about the allegation,” she said in a statement.
Bung Mokhtar, claimed that most women drivers were slow and paid little attention while on the road.
“When you honk at them, they get agitated with some even showing hand gestures to other drivers,” he said.
All Women's Action Society (AWAM) acting president Ho Yock Lin called for Bung Mokhtar to resign immediately.
“He is an utter disgrace as a parliamentarian and an embarrassment to his party,” she said.
Women's Aid Organisation executive director Ivy Josiah said “Bung has driven home the point that he is truly a sexist MP who does not deserve our vote.”
She added that the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) had rightly listed Bung as one of the many sexist MPs in 2008.
Expressing shock over the remark, another BN leader, Wanita MCA vice-chairman Senator Heng Seai Kie called on Bung Mokhtar to undergo a mandatory course on gender equality.
“His pathetic utterances betray his warped mentality which has no place in Malaysia,” she said.
PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah described Bung's sexist remark as being devoid of factual statistics.
The statement also sparked a heated debate on Facebook with some male users agreeing with Bung while women lashed out against him.
On Twitter, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng called Bung a threat to gender equality and said: “Maybe Bung will suggest next that women drivers be banned since they are such a menace.”
The report was also carried by international news agency AFP.
A poll posted on The Star Online asking readers if they agreed with Bung's remark that women are lousy drivers revealed that at 7.30pm yesterday, almost 4,000 people had voted with respondents equally split