Tajuddin defends behaviour at press meet, threatens to sue detractors

PASIR SALAK: Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman has defended his behaviour during his May 25 press conference on the LRT train crash and is threatening to sue his detractors.

The former Prasarana Malaysia Bhd chairman said he plans to take action against those who had tarnished his reputation and would identify those who were keen on “bringing him down”.

“I was humiliated nationwide and have been called incompetent, an unworthy figure and a racist.

“There was even an online petition (calling for me to resign),” he said.

Tajuddin said during the press conference, a reporter who was a China national had asked him a question, and he had asked her nationality since her English sounded a bit different.

“For that, I was labelled a racist because my words seemed to degrade her.

“What is this? This (accusation) is unfair to me,” he added.

Tajuddin also said he had expressed his sadness and sympathy over the LRT mishap in the earlier part of his press conference.

He added that he had told the Prasarana management team that the company would bear the cost of the victims’ medical bills and set up a special fund for them.

“To those who say (I was) not concerned, I challenge them to rewatch the video throughout the press conference and prove that I was insensitive. Just because I said two trains kissed, I was labelled as being insensitive of the situation,” said the Pasir Salak MP after handing out food donations to over 3,500 people at his service centre in Chenderong Balai here yesterday.

Tajuddin was terminated from his post on May 26, after he was widely criticised on social media for his handling of the press conference following the LRT crash on the Kelana Jaya line.

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