PETALING JAYA: Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran, who has been accused of playing the race card during a speech at a ceramah in Rantau, is contemplating legal action.
"My speech in Rantau has been twisted and taken out of context, as usual. Barisan Nasional trolls are working overtime I guess.
"I spoke to the Indians who have ditched Barisan. Many after my speech felt happy with what I had articulated. I never run down other races, but fault me for empowering my own and telling them who will resolve their woes.
"Only people who are narrow minded and with self-interest will disagree with me," he said on his Facebook page late Friday (April 12) night.
Kulasegaran said during his speech he had told the Indian community how MIC through Maika Holdings had robbed poor Indians although they had contributed a lot to the development of Malaysia.
He added that he also brought up the issue involving Barisan candidate Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan who had allegedly sent RM10mil via a money changer to buy a house in London.
"If we Indians don't vote Pakatan's Indian candidates then how can we have our Prime Minister appointing four Indian Ministers?" he said.
Earlier, in a 58-second video with Malay subtitles, Kulasegaran was seen telling the audience in Tamil that he would be ashamed if the Indian community did not vote for Pakatan Harapan candidate Dr S. Streram.
"If not how can I show my face? If this Saturday my own race and community...This is for Streram who is from our own race. We are all of the same race, same blood, so what will happen if we do not support our own race.
"If not what can we do in Cabinet? They will say what la the one contesting is him (Mohamad Hasan) and is from a different race and religion but the Tamils voted for him. Think about it," Kulasegaran said.
In the video, Kulasegaran also said as a Minister, many problems facing the Indian community were brought to him instead of the Chinese or Malay ministers.
He claimed that this was because the Indian community felt happier when they approach an Indian minister.
Kulasegaran also told the audience that he preferred to eat at Indian restaurants compared to Chinese or Malay restaurants during his trips to Rantau.
"How many times I have come to Rantau, here there are many Chinese and Malay restaurants but I don't eat there but I go to an Indian restaurant. This is because this is our own race, so you need to think about what I have said," he said.
The Star has verified the authenticity of the Malay subtitles on the video and confirmed that it is quite accurate.
In a separate Facebook posting, Kulasegaran said he was appealing to the Indian community when he spoke about eating at only Indian restaurants.
"In terms of appealing to the Indian community, I was basically showing my solidarity with the Rantau community by eating in their local outlets.
"People who know me personally will know that I eat at all eateries. Umno and PAS have been forging an ethnocentric alliance and have been using DAP as a punching bag as part of their extreme ethnoreligious politics to win elections.
"It is like pot calling a kettle black," Kulasegaran said.
Kulasegaran also said he was contemplating taking legal action against Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki for accusing him of inciting the Indian community to hate the Malays.
"The statement by the Umno Youth leader that I provoked the Indians in Rantau to hate the Malays is uncalled for and false.
"I was criticising Umno in my speech and not Malays, Umno is only a party and does not represent all Malays," he said.
He added that the accusations against him that he had insulted the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong was "blatantly outrageous".
Kulasegaran said he was referring to "those living as King and Queen" which were individuals who own luxury houses while others were not able to afford it.
"I am contemplating legal action against the Umno Youth leader," he said.