TEMPER OVER "VACUUM CLEANER" REMARK
KOTA KINABALU: The debate on the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (Sedia) Bill 2009 became heated when the definition of the term "vacuum cleaner" was argued by the state assemblymen and its use in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting yesterday.
Several state assembly-men joined forces to bash Jimmy Wong (DAP-Sri Tanjung) who used the term when debating several clauses under the Bill.
Wong had questioned the exclusive membership of Sedia, asking whether the small number was to ensure and increase the horse power of the "vacuum cleaner."
“Are you saying that the members (Sedia) are corrupt? This is inconstructive, pre-judging,” said Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan (BN-Tambunan). Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin (BN-Petagas) then stood up and asked Wong to explain the meaning of ‘vacuum cleaner’.
“I find it embarrassing to say it aloud,” said Wong to which Yahya replied, “What is there to be ashamed about? I challenge you to define what it means.”
“I heard people saying that it is something like corruption,” said Wong.
Yahya urged Wong to refrain from using the term ‘vacuum cleaner’ as he did not understand the meaning.
“If he is gentleman enough, please define it,” he added.
“It is being heard everywhere. Such talks are all over the place,” said Wong.