DAP dismisses claim that Guan Eng bullied PKR woman rep
Selangor state speaker Hannah Yeoh says as a politician of 9 years and a woman, she knows Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is not a bully.
PETALING JAYA: Selangor state assembly speaker Hannah Yeoh defended DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng over accusations that he had bullied Penanti assemblywoman Dr Norlela Ariffin in the Penang state assembly.
Referring to a statement released by Puteri Umno chief Mas Ermieyati Samsudin yesterday, Yeoh said after having served as Subang Jaya assemblywoman for nine years, she can tell if someone is being bullied.
âAs a state assemblywoman, I have not been able to get things done my way all the time.
âBut nine years in politics have given me just enough experience t o identify a political bully when I see one and I will tell you Guan Eng is definitely NOT one,â Yeoh wrote on her Facebook wall today.
Mas Ermieyati had accused Guan Eng of bullying Norlela saying it was uncalled for.
âWhat Guan Eng did was most regrettable. Women may be weak but this does not give the Penang chief minister the right to belittle Dr Norlela.
âAs a woman, I can say this should not have happened. We must not allow any man or even another woman to bully us,â said Mas Ermieyati, who is the Masjid Tanah MP and deputy tourism and culture minister.
Yeoh turned to her own experience in the Selangor state assembly to counter the Umno leaderâs argument.
âJust because a woman doesnât get what she wants in the state assembly or parliament doesnât mean she is bullied.
âIf she is corrected by her peers in the House for indiscipline, incompetency or lack of maturity, it does not mean others are bullies.
âFr om my own experience as Speaker, when a ruling or decision has to be made and it is not favourable towards a woman/women leaders, I will not entertain talks of ânot supporting my ownâ,â she said.
Yeoh also addressed the issue of Norlela having been driven to tears in the Penang state assembly when her pleas for the shutting down of an illegal carbon filter factory went unheeded.
âJust because you cry doesnât mean others must give you what you want.
âWe donât do that for our children who throw tantrums and we shouldnât be expected to do the same in politics.
âThreats to quit and throwing tantrums are signs of immaturity,â she said.
Yeoh, who is also a vice-chairperson with the DAP Womenâ wing, said it would be wrong to let the women empowerment argument be used to cover up insufficiency.
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