Yesterday (19 December), the Dewan Rakyat convenes for the first time since the 15th General Election. However, chaos erupted after the Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin brought up an unpleasant topic.
In the Parliamentary session, Hamzah cited a report by an Italian news outlet, Agenzia Nova, that claims Anwar Ibrahim is Malaysia’s “first full-blown homosexual” prime minister in an Islamic country.
Hamzah then said that the government should defend the image of our country and should anyone release statements that damage the image of our country, the government should take appropriate action against them.
“On 24 November 2022, as soon as the honourable Tambun MP took the oath as Prime Minister, a news agency from Italy, Agenzia Nova, published an article titled ‘Malaysia: first full-blown homosexual elected Prime Minister in an Islamic country’,” he said.
This then prompted Jelutong MP RSN Rayer to stand up and demand that Hamzah retract his statement.
Anwar should take action against them
However, Hamzah dismissed their calls and told the Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs to allow him to finish his sentence.
“This report insults the honourable Tambun MP,” Hamzah said, adding that he wanted to ask Anwar if he will take legal action against Agenzia Nova.
“The government is responsible for informing the whole world that Anwar has been given a pardon by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The honourable Tambun must take action against these external agencies. Don’t only take action against those within our country,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Hamzah said that as UMNO had ‘accepted’ Anwar as the 10th Prime Minister, he had got no issue with his legitimacy. “I agree, too, and I congratulate Anwar for becoming prime minister,” he said.
Hamzah then criticised the government for policing content on social media platform TikTok over allegedly racially-charged content that had implied Perikatan Nasional (PN) supporters as perpetrators.
He also said that this was against PH’s election pledge to ensure media freedom.
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