Not against ‘pantun’ but it’s a waste of time

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Wong during the press conference

THE use of pantun has drawn flak from two DAP lawmakers, who deemed it as a waste of time.

Pantun is a Malay poem of two halves. The first half, the pembayang (shadow) sets the rhythm and rhyme while the second half, the maksud (meaning) delivers the message.

David Wong (DAP-Pelawan), who expressed frustration over not getting his question answered during the Q&A session, described the august House as the ‘House of Pantun’.

“Today, only seven questions were answered because everyone came up with a pantun and replied with a pantun.

“I am not against pantun. But if you want to pantun, you should do it in your speech, your own time during debate,” he told reporters today. Also present was Irene Chang (DAP-Bukit Assek).

Wong said questions had been submitted in advance to ensure sufficient time for them to be answered, and if there was insufficient time, a written reply should be given.

Meanwhile, Chang also lamented that members were not given a chance to ask supplementary questions, with the time granted for pantun instead.

She said the reply from Assistant International Trade, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais was unsatisfactory.

“I asked him whether an online system was available to enable eligible applicants for Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance to check their applications, instead he replied on SMEs.

“When I asked him to give me the answer again, I was cut short and was not given a chance to ask my second supplementary question,” she lamented.

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