He was responding to an invitation to a protest this morning against the driver who rammed into a group of children bicyclists on the highway at 3am last Friday, killing eight.
The full invitation sighted by Malaysiakini read: “Protest against Chinese woman who was not jailed or fined and was let off by police just like that”.
Tunku Idris, who is the Tunku Temenggong of Johor, said: “What is this ridiculous notice going around? Is this how civilised Johoreans behave? Stop playing the blame game.
“I hope Bangsa Johor do not attend this gathering to promote such hate towards an individual. And don’t make it into a racial issue.”
Tunku Idris said the driver had “more rights to be on that highway than the underage kids on bicycles with no helmets and no protection gears on”.
“I’ve personally had experience with these children swerving dangerously in front of my car before,” he added.
The Magistrate’s Court in Johor Bahru has freed a woman from a charge of reckless driving which caused the death of eight teenage cyclists in 2017.
Bernama reported Magistrate Siti Hajar Ali as releasing Sam Ke Ting, 24, without having her called to the stand after finding the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case.
In her judgment, Siti Hajar said the court took into consideration several factors namely that it was a dark, hilly and winding road where the driver could not foresee that there would be a bicycle gang on the road at three o’clock in the morning.
The magistrate added that the bicycle gang had put themselves in danger.
“Based on the testimony of investigators, there is a big tree on that road and the lights were dim even though there were lights on the road divider.
“The activity (joyriding bicycles) was known to the locals, there were complaints of bicycle races there.
“It is reasonable for those to pass by there to expect the situation to happen, however, this only applies to residents there and those who frequent the road. It is not fair to motorists who use that road infrequently or do not live there,” she said.
Siti Hajar added that investigations found that Sam was not under the influence of alcohol, was not using her phone, and wore a seatbelt while driving, proving that the accused was driving responsibly and carefully.