For the first time this year and since the declaration of the state of emergency, parliamentarians gathered in what could only be described as chaos incarnate under the same roof. Hours into the session, the speaker was already lashing out at the politicians bickering amongst each other while the sign language interpreter struggled to keep up with the frantic exchanges. There was also an appearance of an illegible chart for some reason and some roastings/cheeky jabs going all around during the hours-long debate.
A huge bombshell was also dropped in parliament as everyone learned that all six ordinances — including the one on fake news (you know, the one the government has been holding over the heads of outspoken citizens in the past few months) — have been backdated to July 21 and can no longer be enforced. WHY ARE WE ONLY LEARNING OF THIS NOW?
Oh, and also the state of emergency will be lifted after August 1st. So there’s that.
Here’s a round-up of Parliament’s greatest hits so far:
Azmin Ali And His Charts
The Gombak Member of Parliament who also holds the International Trade and Industry portfolio as its minister printed out charts to showcase during his turn to speak during the parliamentary sitting.
The problem was that the fonts were too small for anybody to read across the hall and Azmin ended up getting ridiculed by both members of parliament and Internet users for it.
But hey, we now have screenshots of Azmin along with his charts to use as templates for memes such as:
Or the minister showing off his truly artistic art skills.
Political satirical artist, Fahmi Reza also had a field day at the expense of Azmin Ali.
Is It Mahia or Muhi?
In June, it was announced that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would begin to use his official name of Mahiaddin Md Yasin for formal documents. Guess someone didn’t get the memo, huh?
SHUT UP And Wait For Your Turn To Speak
Dewan Rakyat Speaker, Azhar Azizan Harun (Art Harun) was definitely having a hard time keeping the order in the house as the MPs could not be bothered to follow the rules. In fact, while going through the ground rules for the special sitting, opposition MPs like M Kula Segaran and Thomas Su regularly interrupted him which has gone as much as you would have expected it to have gone. “What is all this shouting? I am not done (explaining yet). You keep bringing up the SO (Standing Orders), but you yourselves are not complying with it. When I speak, you keep shut,” was Art Harun’s fiery response.
What’s A Parliamentary Sitting Without Some Good Old Fashion Name Calling?
Speaking of Art Harun, he got his fair share of the burn as well as opposition Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh targetted the speaker by questioning whether or not he was pro-government when the speaker should always be acting as a neutral party. “Are you a lapdog? Are you a government lapdog? You are a disgrace to this Dewan. You are not fit to be in that chair. Resign!” said Ramkarpal, prompting pro-government supporters in parliament to call on him to retract his words. Of course, he didn’t. And instead, the rebel went on to grill Azhar on why the emergency proclamation and its ordinances were not brought up in Parliament before they were backdated.
As our dear Prime Minister was speaking, a voice could be heard interrupting the speech saying he was leaving to eat durian. The owner of the voice? Our dear meme generator Mat Sabu.
Syed Saddiq’s Battle Cry
It wasn’t all doom and gloom as Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman lambasted UMNO MPs for staying silent during the Parliament sitting and questioning whether or not they were afraid of those in power.”When we look at this PN (Perikatan Nasional) government, don’t kid ourselves, this is not a Bersatu government alone. Where’s UMNO? In social media, they make so much noise, but in the Dewan Rakyat, they’re all quiet, they don’t say anything,” the former youth and sports minister said.”Don’t be afraid. If they want to threaten you, let them. Kita lawan (we fight). They (UMNO MPs) say on social media that the government has failed, but in the Dewan Rakyat they are quiet, they leave.”
“If you want to oppose the government, oppose properly. The people are watching and evaluating you.”