Muslim group lodges report against Penang Deputy CM


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 18 Nov 2008

BUTTERWORTH: Ikatan Rakyat Insan Muslim Malaysia (IRIMM) lodged a police report against Penang Deputy Chief Minister (II) Dr P. Ramasamy on Tuesday.

The report was lodged over a statement he had made on certain Umno policies which he alleged had caused an imbalance in the number of Malay and non-Malay staff in the state civil service.

The police report was made by the special secretary to IRIMM’s president, Zainol Abidin Ahmad, at the Butterworth police station.

Zainol said it was necessary for the organisation to lodge a report as Dr Ramasamy’s words could cause ill feelings between the races.

“We want to keep the peace and harmony between all races especially among the Malays. We want him to publicly apologise for the words he has uttered.

“You can play politics but it must be with ethics. You just can’t go around offending other people with insensitive remarks,” he said when met at the police station.

“We would advise him to apologise on the matter so that it would not cause anger among the Malays,” he added.

The issue of the race imbalance in the civil service broke out during the state legislative sitting last Thursday, when Dr Ramasamy reported that as of Sept 30, state governments and local authorities employed 81.95% Malays, 12.92% Indians and 5.05% Chinese.

A war of words then broke out between Barisan Nasional’s Permatang Berangan assemblyman Shabudin Yahaya and Dr Ramasamy.

Shabudin said that it was “irresponsible for Dr Ramasamy to blame Umno” for the race imbalance.

The Bayan Baru Umno Youth division last week also lodged a police report against Dr Ramasamy, saying his remarks that Malays dominated the state civil service “had racial undertones and could spark racial misunderstandings.”

Neither IRIMM nor the Umno Youth division have disputed Dr Ramasamy’s figures.

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