KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 (Bernama) - Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman''s use of
tomyam as example to describe the poor Kelantan economy landed him in hot soup
with Kelantan opposition members of parliament (MP).
Debating a motion on the royal address, the Barisan Nasional MP for Pasir
Salak claimed many Kelantan people had migrated to Perak to sell tomyam as they
found it hard to do it at home.
He said the Kelantan PAS government failed to bring economic development to
the state despite having ruled for 22 years unlike the BN government which had
done so much.
"The opposition say that they can do better but where is the track record?
The Kelantan government can barely pay the salary of civil servants? Many
Kelantan people come to Perak to sell tomyam," he added.
This riled several MPs from Kelantan including Salahuddin Ayub (PAS-Kubang
Kerian) who said it was an insult to Malays in tomyam business and asked
Tajuddin to retract the words.
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Salahuddin was supported by Dr Mohd Hatta Md Ramli (PAS-Kuala Krai) and
Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar (PAS-Tumpat).
Tajuddin who became angry with the demand and personal attacks tried to
defend himself by explaining what he meant.
"Why involve personal matters? I just said the PAS government failed to
provide business opportunities to Kelantan people. Who is making insult?" he
Attempts by Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee to calm the situation went
unheeded resulting in pandemonium that lasted ten minutes.
The session continues on Monday.
NAN RV ZUB