02 February 2010

PM’s aide denies making racist remark



I was shocked and surprised to read the news on Datuk Nasir Safar's remarks. We know that Datuk Nasir is one the speakers that promote and speak on Dato' Sri Najib's 1 Malaysia Concept. Following write up are from Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider, read and judge for yourself.

PM aide's 'racist' remarks spark outrage
RK Anand Feb 2, 10 5:13pm (Malaysiakini)

The stinging remarks made by a special officer to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak during a seminar titled 'Rapat 1Malaysia' in Malacca this morning prompted scores of MIC and MCA members as well as representatives from non-governmental organisations to stage a walkout.


PM’s aide denies making racist remark
By Adib Zalkapli and G. Manimaran (Malaysian Insider)

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s special officer Datuk Nasir Safar has denied allegations that he made racist remarks at a 1 Malaysia seminar earlier today, adding that he was only giving a talk on the nation’s history.

The allegation comes at a time when Najib has been working hard to win over the support of non-Malays amid the “Allah” row which saw attacks on places of worship across the country.

“I did not say the word ‘pendatang’. I only said the country has been successful as the Chinese and the Indians from those days until today have been coming here to work,” Nasir told The Malaysian Insider in a telephone interview.

He also dismissed claims that he had threatened to revoke the citizenship of non-Malays who demand that their rights be respected.

“I did not threaten anyone, and I have never intended to do that. You know I’m very close to MIC people. I only said it is not good for any community to make so much demands as other communities will retaliate,” Nasir added.

The Malaysian Insider understands that several MCA and MIC leaders walked out of the meeting after Nasir made the alleged remarks. The MIC Youth is also planning to lodge a police report against Nasir.

Nasir added he also did not ridicule other languages, but only defended the supremacy of the Malay language. “I said Malay language is the national language, there should only be one national language,” he said.

But Nasir’s defence was disputed by those present at the seminar organised by Jasa, a division with the Information Department.

An Alor Gajah MIC member, who only wished to be known as Maniam, said he heard clearly Nasir’s threat to revoke citizenships, before he joined others to leave the meeting.

“I also heard he said when Umno is facing problems, MCA, MIC and Gerakan do not seem to be concerned,” he told The Malaysian Insider in a telephone interview.

Another local MIC member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said he heard Nasir use the word “pendatang”.

“He said it was Umno who drafted the (federal) constitution and other parties were not involved,” the MIC member said.

He added that they confronted Nasir during tea break, but the latter defended himself by saying he was only referring to Hindraf leaders.

The state Barisan Nasional (BN) component party leaders are also planning to handover a memorandum to Najib when the prime minister visits Malacca this Thursday.

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2 comments:

  1. Update from Star Online:
    Datuk Nasir Safar, special officer to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, will resign over allegedly racist statements he made, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement Tuesday

    “The remarks allegedly made by Nasir in Malacca today do not in any way reflect the views of the Prime Minister,” the statement said.

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  2. 人生最大的榮耀,不是永遠不敗,而是屢仆屢戰........................................

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