The first sitting of Malaysia's 12th parliament was delayed by more than 20 minutes as government and opposition parliamentarians hurled barbs and raised technical issues.
Opposition Democratic Action Party chairman and lawmaker Karpal Singh began by questioning the way the session was being held when he was distracted by a government MP, Bung Moktar Radin.
"I hope Bigfoot... does not disrupt the proceedings," Karpal taunted him. "Bigfoot, sit down." Bung sprang from his chair, shouting: "I am bigfoot, you are big monkey."
Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia struggled to control the situation. "Let's not create chaos in parliament," he appealed as the verbal exchanges continued, "let us ensure there is order in parliament."
A semblance of order was restored when Abdullah responded to a question on measures taken to reduce the impact of rising fuel and food prices. However, Pandikar's refusal to allow the usual follow-up questions to the PM's response drew a further outburst, with former opposition leader Lim Kit Siang calling the restriction "a mockery of parliament."
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