Below I present 6 of the most ridiculous quotes imparted by Malaysian politicians that raised millions of eyebrows and whiplash at the incredulity of the words spoken this year:
1. “I must be greater than Trump” – Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Fugitive financier Jho Low accused the Prime Minister of “putting words into the mouth” of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in August over the seizure of Equanimity, the luxury yacht.
In response to Jho Low, Mahathir sarcastically said that he must be “greater” than US President Donald Trump if he could put words into the mouth of DOJ.
“I am very proud that I can put words into the (mouth of the) US government… I must be greater than Trump,” the Prime Minister said.
2. “Please sit down and don’t run away” – Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
A day after UMNO MPs walked out of the Dewan Rakyat in protest of the Dewan Rakyat speaker’s appointment in July, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V told MPs in Parliament to “sit down and don’t run away”.
The Agong’s statement, in reference to the walkout, had the Dewan Rakyat roaring with laughter.
3. This earthquake is the punishment of Allah” – Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Following fatal Indonesian earthquakes in October, Zahid expressed worry over the “activities” of Malaysian lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBTs) by claiming that it is the community that caused the disaster.
“We are worried because we know what happened in Palu recently where there were an earthquake and tsunami.
It was reported that there were more than 1,000 members of their community who were involved in such (LGBT) activities,” Zahid said, before claiming that the disaster was a “punishment of Allah”.
After Zahid’s statement, Islamic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa warned Muslims against using natural disasters as examples to prove a point.
4. “I want to stress here that the Selangor water issue is more critical” – Najib Razak.
Najib was questioned by Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali regarding the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue in the Dewan Rakyat back in March.
The former premier then diverted Azmin’s question to the Selangor water crisis instead.
5. “IQ of a carrot” – Khairy Jamaluddin.
Last month, the Rembau MP told Datuk Lokman Adam he has the “IQ of a carrot” after the latter accused him of having a “finger-pointing attitude”.
6. “F**k you” – Datuk Seri Bung Moktar.
In August, Kinabatangan Member of Parliament (MP) Bung Moktar spewed vulgarity at fellow MP Willie Mongin in Parliament. Willie had commented on a viral clip reportedly showing Bung gambling in a casino.
Two months later, Bung escaped punishment for his stunt after apologising in the Dewan Rakyat.
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