KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 — Barisan Nasional (BN) MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin used the F-word today on his follower on Twitter in a row over his remarks in Parliament yesterday in which he called Tan Sri Tony Fernandes a thief.
And the controversial Kinabatangan MP was unapologetic about using the word in an expletive-laden argument even after he was criticised by other Twitter users, pointing out in a subsequent tweet that he was only rude to those who are rude to him.
Earlier this morning, Bung Mokhtar (picture) told a follower identified only as @geminieyes to “f*** ur self (sic)”.
This came after @geminianeyes had referred to Bung Mokhtar’s remarks about AirAsia boss Fernandes, and told him: “Sebagai seorang rakyat Malaysia (as a Malaysian) SHUT. THE. F***. UP.”
Many Twitter followers were quick to condemn Bung Mokhtar for his behaviour which they said was unbecoming of an MP.
“Congratulations you’ve certainly handled that like a typical street thug,” said one Twitter user identified as @tincancat.
Bung Mokhtar is no stranger to controversy or outrageous remarks.
In 2007, during a heated exchange in the Dewan Rakyat with opposition MPs over a leaky roof in Parliament House, Bung Mokhtar had said: “Mana ada bocor? Batu Gajah pun bocor tiap-tiap bulan juga. (Where is the leak? The Batu Gajah MP also leaks every month.)”
Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan and other women MPs were outraged by his comments and he was eventually forced to apologise.
The protagonist in today’s exchange — @geminianeyes — pointed out in subsequent tweets that “at least I know how classy he is as a politician.”
“Side note: I did say f*** to him first, so it’s fair. I suppose holding MPs to a higher standard of behaviour in Malaysia is futile.”
On Wednesday, the outspoken MP had said: “We all know Tony Fernandes is a penyangak (thief). He will want 100 per cent profit in everything.
“I think on behalf of the people of Malaysia, I would say AirAsia can berambus (get out) from the country.”