Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wan Junaidi wants rape remarks out of Hansard


PARLIAMENT Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Wan Jaafar requested Parliament today to expunge his controversial remarks about non-Malays being less offended by statutory rape from the Hansard.

However, despite admitting that his statement could have caused hurt if read "out of context", Wan Junaidi did not apologise for what he had said.

"If you read the sentence on its own, out of context, maybe it can be offending," Wan Junaidi said in Parliament today.

Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia agreed to the request to expunge the remarks from the Hansard.

Wan Junaidi made his request when responding to a motion by Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Bandar Kuching) to refer Wan Junaidi to the Rights and Privileges Committee for his racist remarks.

"Maybe I overspoke the answer, but I am not racist. My wife is Chinese," Wan Junaidi said.

Chong said the decision to expunge the remark was equivalent to a retraction and as such, he accepted Wan Junaidi's decision.
~ Malaysiakini

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