KUALA LUMPUR: International Medical University (IMU) student Kiren Raj, who landed in hot water for his comments following the death of local actress and singer Emily Kong, has issued a public apology over the matter.
In his letter that he read out to reporters, Kiren said he was “deeply remorseful” and apologised to Kong’s family members, members of the public and IMU.
“The comments I posted were not directed at any individual and meant no harm.
“The comments were my imagination in nature. Upon realising (this), I removed my comments as soon as possible.
“I am deeply remorseful that my comments offended many netizens. I will never do anything like this again,” he said at a press conference at Wisma MCA yesterday.
He also added that his comments were not about Kong personally.
Kiren said Malaysians should live in harmony and he did not mean for his comments to cause harm.
“I never meant the comments to be derogatory to women. Women have contributed a lot to society.
“Sometimes we say things that are not appropriate and we should be responsible and apologise. We should learn to re-evaluate ourselves and better ourselves,” said the 26-year-old, who is in his final year at IMU.
He added that he had gone for counselling for the matter, and this had been helpful.
The police had not called him up over the matter, he added.
MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong, whom Kiren had approached for help over the matter, said Kiren was also prepared to face any formal action against him.
Also present at the yesterday’s press conference were lawyers Datuk K. Kumaraendran, James Ee and Teh See Khoon.
Kiren was caught in a controversy when he posted a sexist comment on The Star’s Facebook page about Kong’s death on March 9.
Kiren had also later insulted Chinese men and remarked about a “plan” to push the Chinese out of the country, which caused Gerakan Youth to lodge a police report.
His comments received a public backlash, with a Change.org online petition calling for him to be barred from becoming a doctor.
The petition has garnered more than 70,000 signatures at the time of writing.
IMU had on March 12 said that Kiren was issued a show-cause letter and was instructed to be on home leave for two weeks.
A formal disciplinary hearing is under way, with IMU saying that it is providing medical evaluation and behavioural counselling to the student.