PETALING JAYA: Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin (pic) has apologised to Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh and the Sikh community for making a remark which insulted their faith.
“I was told a Sikh’s turban is a very sacred item and they do not take too kindly to anyone making fun of it. For that, I would like to sincerely apologise.
“I also apologise to Amar Singh Ishar Singh because, as much as I may disagree with him, that disagreement should not be reduced to the level of insulting his religion,” he said in his blog yesterday.
Raja Petra said he also apologised to Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo, the late Karpal Singh and lawyers Amarjit Sidhu and Manjeet Singh Dhillon.
He said those men were the ones that acted as his lawyers during various trials and during his ISA detention in 2008 without any payment.
“They also helped me in other ways, which I am not at liberty to mention, and which helped me to settle down in the UK after I left Malaysia in February 2009,” he said.
Raja Petra said he would not insult the faith of those who had done so much for him and had asked nothing in return as it would be tantamount to not remembering their good deeds.
Earlier, Malaysia’s 170,000-strong Sikh community wanted Raja Petra to apologise, not just to Amar Singh, but the larger Sikh community for his remark that insulted their faith.
Police reports against Raja Petra were being made nationwide, with Khalsa Diwan Malaysia president Santokh Singh Randhawa and lawyer Baldip Singh lodging a police report on the matter.
Santokh said the turban was a sacred article of the Sikh faith and that it was “not just a symbol”.
“We strongly condemn his ridicule of the turban.
“To insult our faith, he has touched a raw nerve of the community,” he said, adding that the Ipoh-based association was the oldest Sikh organisation in the country.
Baldip, who lodged a police report on Sunday, said Raja Petra should have just remarked about Comm Amar and not touched on any religious aspects.
Baldip said Malaysians in general should refrain from disrespecting other religions.
Last Friday, Raja Petra had published a post on his blog Malaysia Today titled “Amar Singh’s Turban Must Be Too Tight” after a war of words with Comm Amar over his claim that the police had stolen RM43.3mil following the raids at various premises linked to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in May.