`Makan angin’ remark forces Uggah to ignore Pending rep’s `moo’ query

A gang of buffalo at Carmor Plains station.

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KUCHING, May 10: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas refused to answer Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong’s question on the buffalo breeding station in Australia during the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting yesterday because she had accused Uggah of `makan angin’ in Darwin.

Uggah’s press officer, Edward Subeng, clarified in a statement today that Yong had interjected when Uggah was in the midst of delivering his winding-up speech.

“She had at the material time alleged that Uggah had gone for ‘makan angin’ (going on a vacation) during an overseas trip that she had questioned. Uggah then told Violet that he would only respond to her question on condition she withdrew her allegation.

“DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar had agreed with him and urged Yong to withdraw her allegation. When she refused, Uggah responded by declining to answer her,” said Edward.

He pointed out that it was very important that the decorum and discipline of the august House be maintained and that members should not resort to using any unparliamentary language freely. — DayakDaily