PUTRAJAYA, July 17 ― Umno MP Datuk Bung Moktar Radin said today he was vindicated over a controversial remark on women drivers, after the video of a woman verbally abusing an elderly man in a road rage incident went viral online.
“Saya pernah di kecam apa bila berkata kebanyakan pemandu wanita panas baran… ianya telah di buktikan olek..KIKI.CDM25…” the Kinabatangan MP tweeted at his account @MyKinabatangan in Malay.
Translation: “I was once condemned when I said most women drivers are hot-headed. It has been proven by Kiki CDM 25.”
Kiki refers to the nickname of Siti Fairah Ashykan, the woman from the incident who drove a Peugeot with the registration number “CDM 25”.
In March 2011, Bung blamed reckless drivers and “especially women drivers" for endangering motorists.
"They relax, they think that because they are inside a car the world is theirs. They don't look left and right and when we honk they get angry. There are times when we honk, they show all sorts of signs," he reportedly said while debating a supplementary supply bill in Parliament.
He was criticised afterwards in the Parliament by PAS’s Kota Raja MP Dr Siti Mariah Mahmood and Kuala Selangor MP Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
A social media storm erupted this week after the video documenting the woman verbally abusing an elderly Chinese man and hitting his car with a steering lock was uploaded on video-sharing site YouTube.
In the 2:33-minute clip, the Malay woman is shown smashing away at the elderly man’s car following a fender bender and demanding RM2,000 for the accident.
Frustrated that the man would not pay her on the spot, she then abused him racially.
The police have since confirmed that the 67-year-old road bully victim was fined for failing to yield when exiting a junction and causing the accident.
Despite the verbal attack, the man has refused to lodge a report against the woman on the matter, earning him the affection of Internet users who have taken to calling him “uncle”.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar called the woman “fierce”, however, and said the police will investigate her for road bullying.
Last week, Bung had caused a stir in the international media for tweeting a salute to dead Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler following a win by Germany in a World Cup semi-final match, which led to a rebuke from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.