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by nicholas cheng
Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam
KUALA LUMPUR: The police are investigating Umno vice-president aspirant Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam over alleged seditious remarks against the Chinese community at a recent event here.
This followed a police report lodged by Kota Laksamana assemblyman Lai Kuen Ban at the Tengkara police station in Malacca on Oct 9.
Mohd Ali, the chairman of the entrepreneur development corporation Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Bhd (PUNB) and a former Malacca chief minister, had said the Malays were economically behind the Chinese, who were involved in illegal businesses.
He allegedly made the remarks at a PUNB event here on Oct 8.
Kuala Lumpur deputy CID director ACP Khairi Ahrasa, when asked about the investigation, declined to comment other than to say that the police were in the early stages of their probe.
Brickfields OCPD ACP Azlee Abdullah said they have recorded statements from the event organisers but have yet to summon Ali.
“We will do that soon enough. After the statements are recorded, the case will be forwarded to the prosecutors to decide if he is to be charged,” said ACP Azlee.
Ali, a recently appointed senator, had lost in his bid to take the Bukit Katil parliamentary seat in the May 5 general election.
Ali, who was Malacca chief minister for 14 years, claimed he lost the election because the voters did not appreciate his contributions to the state.
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