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Malaysian lawmakers seek to ban use of offensive, sexist language in Parliament

Kuala Lumpur, Tue, 27 Nov 2012 ANI

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 27 (ANI): Malaysian lawmakers have proposed a new bill that would forbid the use of offensive language and sexist remarks in Parliament.

The Bill, which is to be discussed today, reads, 'It shall be out of order for Members of the House to use offensive language or make a sexist remark.'

Although the Speaker had in the past reprimanded MPs for making sexist or offensive remarks and referred them to the Rights and Privileges Committee, there is no specific provision in the Standing Orders to prevent them from doing so, the Star reports.

One of the most controversial sexist remarks was made in 2007 by MP Bung Mokhtar Radin, who used the word bocor (leak) in reference to the monthly menstruation cycle of Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan.

According to the paper, lawmaker in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the proposed amendments were to put a stop to sexist remarks in Parliament "once and for all".

He added that the Speaker had absolute power to determine whether a word was sexist or not. (ANI)


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