PETALING JAYA: Former Kota Anggerik assemblyman Najwan Halimi (pic) has apologised for a racial slur against Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM).
“I take full responsibility for the post and it was my shallow perception of PSM, which is a political party that has championed issues related to the Indian community, especially those working and living in the estates,” he said in a Twitter post late Friday (July 14) night.
“I apologise to all parties who may have been hurt and will be more careful in making any statements in the future,” he added.
He also said that such incidents would not be repeated in the future.
This comes after a screenshot of his message went viral on social media.
PSM secretary-general Sivarajan Arumugam had called out Najwan on Twitter and posted a screenshot of the Shah Alam PKR deputy chief’s remarks.
According to the screenshot, the Shah Alam PKR deputy chief had shared a news report on PSM’s Meru candidate Sivaranjani Manickam on a WhatsApp group and commented that the party was an “Indian estate party”.
On the apology, Najwan added that he had also contacted Sivarajan to apologise.
“Nevertheless, I have to state that I am not a racist or have prejudice towards any race, including Indians,” said Najwan.
“As a leader, I will always take care of the people's welfare and take a fair and friendly approach to all members of society, regardless of creed and faith,” he added.