KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional secretary-general Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz is being probed for sedition as criticisms continue to rain on him over his statements allegedly against the non-Malays and vernacular schools.
The police are investigating the matter under the Sedition Act, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said yesterday.
MCA secretary-general Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said Nazri should be stripped of his post as Barisan secretary-general as “he is rude, egoistic and immature”.
She further named him as part of a group of politicians with similar traits which contributed to Barisan’s defeat in the 14th General Election.
“Umno should take stern action against Nazri. Don’t let one rotten apple spoil the barrel.
“If he continues to be Barisan secretary-general, this will jeopardise the long-term cooperation between Umno, MCA and MIC,” she said at a press conference here.
In his campaign speech in Beranang, Semenyih, on Sunday, Nazri reportedly said that non-Malays should not question Malay privileges as the non-Malays also enjoyed special privileges such as vernacular schools.
Nazri also questioned the appointments of non-Malays as Attorney General, Chief Justice and Finance Minister, and said that Malay rights should be defended at all costs.
After he received backlash for his speech, Nazri held a press conference strongly denying that he wanted vernacular schools to be shut down.
Chew also said the status of SJKC and SJKT are guaranteed under the Education Act 1996.
She stated that the then education minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had removed the clause which empowers the minister to close down Chinese schools or convert them to national schools.
Lawyers for Liberty executive director Latheefa Koya said that Nazri’s statement that “it is a Malay sentiment that a non-Malay should not be Attorney General” is “divisive, racist and an outrageous insult to all Malays in the country”.
“Article 145 which lays down the criteria for appointment as AG does not make race a requirement. Pursuant to article 145(1) any person who is qualified to be a federal court judge is eligible to be appointed as AG.
“This reveals remarkable ignorance on the part of a person who has held Cabinet position for decades.
“Nazri seems blissfully unaware that under the Constitution, there is no requirement of an oath of office for the AG. In other words, the AG does not take an oath of office, unlike MPs or ministers,” said Latheefa.
“As a qualified lawyer, it is astonishing that Nazri plays fast and loose with the Constitution, which is the founding document of our nation.”