KUALA LUMPUR Nov 5 – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has announced that a fitness centre will be set up within the Parliament building following calls by parliamentarians to help them maintain their health. “Before I became (Parliament) Speaker, I did not have high blood pressure,” said Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, admitting to poor health when interrupting a question and answer session in Parliament today.
The proposal was also expressed by Serdang Member of Parliament Dr Ong Kian Ming during the question and answer session that touched on the fitness of lawmakers. Baling MP Datuk Abdul Azeez Rahim who had posed the question to Khairy also admitted that since being elected, he had not exercised having spent most of his time in the Dewan Rakyat.
“I was informed that prior to this a gym had existed and has since become the parliament hall. “Since assuming parliamentarian duties, sitting here and listening to the sessions, my waistline and tummy has expanded,” he said adding that if the centre was set up, he would be able to look slim and fit like Khairy. In a quick retort however, Khairy called on Azeez not to mislead Parliament over his rotund shape.
“I urge the Dewan not to be confused by Baling. “I have known him for 15 years before he became a member of parliament, his body was never like mine,” he replied, leaving the MP in stitches. However following the proposal, Khairy said that the ministry was obligated to help lawmakers maintain their fitness and stamina.