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From New Zealand:

The interesting bit is that in the Malaysian Parliament, any such response will be greeted with jeers of “tarik balik” (take it back). And my old time favourite:

William Hague was arguing against the Lisbon Treaty in a way that could have caused him his parliamentary privileges in Malaysia. While our parliamentary humourlessness can be partly explained in part by the fact a substantial portion of members don’t speak Malay as their first language (William Hague would be a lot less effective if he’s speech was in, say, French), the authoritarian tendencies of one side and the persecution complex on the other greatly inhibits good debate.

Though, in actuality, parliamentary debate is kinda pointless – even in multiparty legislatures, persuasion is better done through behind the scenes horse trading than speeches from the dispatch box.

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