No one defend Dr Mahathir when Umno leader attacked his Indian parentage
NO one rushed to Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s defence when an Umno minister sneered at his Indian parentage, yet many are now demanding an apology over the former’s “Bugis” remark, said a patriot club today.
The former prime minister may face sedition charges for allegedly inciting hatred towards those of Bugis descent at the Love Malaysia, End Kleptocracy rally in Petaling Jaya on October 14.
Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan president (ret) Brig-Gen Mohd Arshad Raji said Dr Mahathir did not rise to the bait when an Umno minister talked about his background.
Dr Mahathir remained calm and instead, asked the Umno leader to show his old identity card that stated he was of Indian heritage, Arshad said.
“Until today, the senior minister hasn’t shown any proof. Isn’t this a form of deception?”
Arshad today did not name the senior Umno minister but was clearly referring to Umno deputy president and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who said in July Dr Mahathir was using the Malays to further his political career, despite the former Umno president and prime minister being of Indian parentage.
Arshad said the 1Malaysia slogan as used by Umno leaders will have no meaning if they themselves fanned racial and religious sentiments to cause disunity and tension.
He said the slogan should be used to unite all Malaysians, cultivate unity and love for the country, adding that the concept of 1Malaysia is synonymous with unity.
Many want to see me in lock-up outfit, says Dr M
Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes that numerous people want to see him paraded in the orange lock-up attire.
The former premier’s statement comes in the wake of Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah expressing displeasure over his “Bugis pirate” remarks.
Whereas the Selangor Council of the Royal Court said Mahathir should be investigated under the Sedition Act 1948.
In a video posted on Facebook this afternoon, Mahathir said since he had gone on the offensive against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, many quarters were hoping to see him arrested.
“This is one of those efforts in that direction. If the police investigate, maybe I have to wear the (lock-up) attire and many people will be satisfied.
“The dewan (council) who made the decision might possibly be interested in seeing me wearing the lock-up attire,” added the 92-year-old politician.
Mahathir had courted the Selangor ruler’s wrath with his remarks during a speech at the “anti-kleptocracy” rally in Petaling Jaya on Oct 14.
The former premier, who now heads the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan, said Najib could perhaps trace his ancestry to Bugis pirates.
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/400655#66ab2lXpFrVGZwBU.99
Dr Mahathir not afraid of going to jail
IN a Facebook video today, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said if it takes him being locked up to against Najib Razak, he would willingly do so.
“Since I have been actively going against Najib, there are many people who want me to wear the orange shirt with the words lock-up. So this is another step towards that direction.
“If the police want investigate, maybe I have to wear that shirt. Then people would be happy,” he said in the 70-second video on his Facebook page.
The video also attached a speech of Dr Mahathir explaining the alleged “Bugis” remark on October 18 at Jelajah Semarak, Kemaman Terengganu.
“Not all Bugis people are pirates, our King is also of a Bugis descent. I didn’t say that our King is a pirate, but what I meant was Najib is the pirate,” he said in his speech there.
Bersatu Youth chief explains Dr Mahathir’s Bugis remarks to Selangor ruler
BERSATU Youth (Armada) chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has defended Dr Mahathir Mohamad against the Selangor Royal Court’s opinion that the Pakatan Harapan chairman be investigated for sedition, for allegedly inciting hatred towards the Bugis community.
In an open letter written in Malay court language and addressed to Selangor’s Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Syed Saddiq said previous remarks by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Dr Mahathir’s Indian heritage were no different from what the former prime minister had said.
Syed Saddiq said he begged to differ with the Royal Court’s view that the Bersatu chairman had insulted people of Bugis descent, adding that Dr Mahathir had already explained the context of his remarks.
“Tuanku may have misunderstood Dr Mahathir’s remarks about the Bugis.
“I am shocked at Tuanku’s urging, and beg to differ that Dr Mahathir be investigated for sedition as what he said can be connected with what Zahid had said when he spoke about people of Indian descent, people who are also Malaysians ,” Syed Saddiq said in a statement this evening.
Syed Saddiq’s statement, which he said he wrote in his personal capacity and not to represent Bersatu, went on to highlight Dr Mahathir’s previous remarks, explaining his use of the ethnic group’s name when criticising Najib, whose family has Bugis ancestry.
Dr Mahathir has said it was Najib who first declared himself as a “Bugis warrior” in a speech made in June.
The former prime minister said since then, he had used the term to criticise only Najib, and not the community as a whole.
“Dr Mahathir was using it as part of a narrative to raise awareness that Najib is hiding behind his ancestry to cover up his abuse of power and corruption.
“This is something that should actually shame those of Bugis descent,” Syed Saddiq said, adding that the issue had been politicised. – November 2, 2017.
November 2, 2017
Selangor Royal Council wants Mahathir probed over Bugis issue
PETALING JAYA: The Selangor Royal Council has called for Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be investigated and punished under the Sedition Act or any other appropriate law over his remark about the Bugis.
In a statement today, Selangor’s Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said that, after discussions with members of the council, he viewed with utmost seriousness, anger and disappointment the speech of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman which appeared to incite the people to hate, show contempt and negatively perceive the Bugis.
“Based on the video clip of the speech which has gone viral on social media, the allegation by Tun Dr Mahathir clearly insulted and bracketed the Bugis as a people who originated from pirates, robbers and criminals.
“The members of the Selangor Royal Council believe the speech was very extreme and could incite feelings of hatred and a negative perception of the Bugis people to the extent of causing disorder.
“This allegation indirectly insulted the ancestral roots of the Selangor sultanate which was founded by the Bugis,” said the statement.
Sultan Sharafuddin reminded all groups, including politicians, not to play on the race and ancestral issues for political mileage as this could threaten the harmony and unity of the people.
“Tun Dr Mahathir, as a former prime minister who headed the national administration for 22 years, ought to be more careful in his statements and also should know better the facts of the Bugis people’s history,” he said.
Sultan of Selangor unhappy with Dr Mahathir’s comments on Bugis; says legal action be it under the Sedition Act or otherwise is warranted.
Peaceful Malaysia? Retweeted Soo Chin Wong
Firstly, this is not a news but my interpretation of what to come based on the statement made by LTL. 2ndly, I am a apolitical
Peaceful Malaysia? added,
RichardLi Retweeted Elsie Low
Yeah he only said MO1 is the bugis thief, perompak, penipu, penyangak.
Selangor Royal Court wants Dr Mahathir investigated for sedition
THE Selangor Royal Court wants Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad investigated for sedition, for allegedly inciting hatred towards those of Bugis descent.
In a statement today, Selangor Royal Court secretary Hanafisah Jais said Dr Mahathir had appeared to incite Malaysians to hate, degrade and view the Bugis community with contempt.
Dr Mahathir allegedly made such remarks in a speech at the Love Malaysia, End Kleptocracy rally in Petaling Jaya on October 14, Hanafisah said.
“Members of the Royal Court feel (Dr Mahathir’s) speech was extremely excessive, and can spark hatred and feelings of ill will towards the Bugis community, to the point of causing chaos and disharmony ,” said the statement.
“The verbal attacks have indirectly demeaned the history and heritage of the Selangor sultanate, which is descended from the Bugis.
“The Royal Court feels an investigation and a legal case be brought against Dr Mahathir under the Sedition Act 1948 or under any other relevant laws.”
The former prime minister’s remarks about the Bugis have been criticised by members of the community who have demanded he apologise.
The Selangor Royal Court today said a video clip of the speech clearly showed Dr Mahathir had vilified and lumped the Bugis community together with pirates, criminals and robbers.
“History shows the Selangor Sultanate who are descended from the Bugis were made up of warriors who fought for Islam and protected the peace in the Malay archipelago,” Royal Court said.
“As a former prime minister who led the country for 22 years, Dr Mahathir should be more careful when coming out with statements and be more informed of the history of the Bugis.”
The Sultan of Selangor has reminded politicians not to use racial and ethnic ancestry issues as political capital as it can threaten harmony and unity, Hanafisah said. – November 2, 2017.