Kota Melaka MP says he will file motion over deputy minister who allegedly showed middle finger in Parliament

Willie Mongin in Parliament 1 Dec. 2020, at left. A screenshot of the clip alleging that Willie Mongin showed his middle finger, at right. Photos: RTM
Willie Mongin in Parliament 1 Dec. 2020, at left. A screenshot of the clip alleging that Willie Mongin showed his middle finger, at right. Photos: RTM

Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong said today he will file a motion against Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin, who the opposition has accused of showing them the middle finger during yesterday’s parliament sitting. 

Khoo announced this after meeting with Parliament Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun, 58, today to show what he said was a “very clear” video of Mongin allegedly flipping the bird. Azhar previously said that he would not take any action as he could not confirm that Mongin had made the obscene gesture. Citing an eyesight problem, Azhar also said that he had watched yesterday’s videos of Mongin multiple times and even in slow motion but still could not make anything of it. 

Khoo decided to meet with Azhar after today’s sitting to show the video. Azhar has yet to announce a decision on the matter.

“This is a serious matter,” Khoo, 49, wrote online after seeing Azhar. “The Speaker said he did not see it happen, and therefore is unable to take action.”

“We have urged the Speaker to review yesterday’s CCTV footage,” he continued. “At the same time, we will file a motion against Mongin to the Parliament Committee for further action.”

Mongin, who is also the Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, yesterday denied showing the middle finger, saying that the opposition “must be mistaken,” although he did not clarify what the hand gesture was. 

Mongin was caught on tape raising his hand but it was not clear from the video whether he was really showing the middle finger. The MP apparently did the action after he was called a “traitor” for refusing to answer Muar MP Syed Saddiq’s question on whether a windfall tax would be imposed on the palm oil industry.

Earlier today, Khoo had asked Azhar whether the speaker would take any action over Mongin. Azhar responded saying that he could not confirm Mongin’s actions. 

“Honestly, I didn’t see what happened due to issues with my sight. After asking Mongin for an explanation, he denied it (showing the middle finger) vehemently,” Azhar had said. 

“I also saw the video many times, in slow motion, but I am still unsure of what actually happened,” he added. He also said that those unhappy about Mongin could file a motion against him. 

Khoo then offered to show Azhar another video of Mongin after the sitting.


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