Salahuddin denies making racist remarks


  • Nation
  • Friday, 08 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The police have yet to call in Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub over his alleged racist statements made while campaigning in the Tanjung Piai by-election.

The Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister said it was up to the police and that he had no qualms cooperating with them.

“I have been accused of being a racist. What was so racist about what I said? I will wait for when there is a need for me to give a statement over the issue.

“I have no problem, but what I said had no racist elements in it, ” he told reporters in Parliament lobby.On Wednesday, Salahuddin held a closed-door meeting with Chinese school officials in Kukup where he allegedly warned the teachers that if Barisan Nasional returned to power, shootings and arson could take place everywhere.

Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki criticised Salahuddin for his remarks.

Following this, a police report was lodged by Tanjung Piai Umno Youth.

Pontian OCPD Supt Mustafa Bakri Salleh said police were still investigating the matter.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong also rebuked the minister.

“Today, we live peacefully and there are no problems. But someone said don’t let Barisan win, otherwise the country will be in chaos.”

Dr Wee also said it was illogical that by supporting Barisan’s Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng, Chinese and Indian vernacular schools would be closed.

“These are all accusations because they are getting more racist.

“MCA has never undermined the position of Malays and the Royal institution, ” he said.

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