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Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad
“This is a very bad statement to make. Even if it’s true, we don’t say things like that. These people have been here all these years. They are in fact the descendants of the people who came here. They have not just arrived,” Dr Mahathir said.
Datuk Nasir never intended to make any derogatory remarks. He spoke at length on the contributions made by all races in developing the country. Nevertheless, Datuk Nasir apologises for any offence caused. In light of this, Datuk Nasir will tender his resignation.
Ong Tee Keat
I welcome the Prime Minister Office’s immediate clarifications yesterday that Nasir’s statement does not reflect the views of the Najib administration. But the damage has already been done and further action needs to be taken, including possible disciplinary proceedings or invoking sedition laws. Racism and bigotry are distractions that will hamper our genuine efforts to develop the economic and social well-being of the country.
Ti Lian Ker
It is even more disheartening that his racist remarks associating the flesh trade with the Chinese community whilst referring to the Chinese and Indians as “pendatang” were delivered at a seminar ironically entitled “Rapat 1Malaysia” in Malacca. Rather than contributing towards enhancing harmony, Nasir’s delving on stereotype derogatory identities have polarized society even further. He had also gone against the very spirit and fabric of 1Malaysia concept propagated by the Prime Minister.
P Kamala Nathan
The authorities should take the strongest possible steps by charging him with sedition. This is to act as a deterrent to others while reinforcing that a resignation doesn’t resolve one of such serious mistakes.
I must say that I was not there at the forum to hear it but I happened to be at the press conference given by Ali Rustam, the Chief Minister of Melaka, who said Nasir Safar's remarks went against the spirit of the form and the spirit of 1Malaysia. "This is Melaka, we don't say things that hurt other races," the Chief Minister said.
I was made to understand he spoke in front of a multi-racial audience including civil servants and politicians. It was bad manners for a man to have the gall to say things that could bring disrepute to the country and unnecessary anguish to Malaysians! Nasir, before he resigns, must also make a public apology for his totally uncalled for remarks!
Barisan National Youth ( I wonder if the Party leaders gave the green light to them )
“His resignation is not enough as this issue is too sensitive. We want the Home Ministry to arrest him under the ISA.”
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Now, my turn to comment. Like it or not, I do not agree with Barisan Nasional Youth's stand to push for ISA to be enforced on Datuk Nasir Safar's words.
He has duly resigned as the Special Officer of our PM and claim individual responsibility over his words. In no way is his stand reflective of our Prime Minister, UMNO or Barisan Nasional.
Why must Datuk Nasir Safar be arrested under ISA ? BN Youth must be clear that the Youth movement and the senior movement were among those who called for an ISA review.
If his words are deemed insensitive towards Malaysian unity and could contribute to instability, then allow the Police and Attorney General to prosecute him based on other Malaysian laws (if any).
Leave ISA out of this matter. He is just a Special Officer, not a Leader. His words carry no weight and BN politicians have unanimously condemned his remarks made in Malacca.
Having said this, the message by the Prime Minister's Department is clear.
None of us agree, acknowledge or condone to such insensitivity and utter disrespect to all communities who contributed to the nation's success - be it Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sikhs, Iban, Kadazan, the Aborigines (Orang Asli), as well as other tribes and races.
The "get out now" message or "I am sorry, I claim responsibility and I quit" message is sufficient and let us move on.
We have kids to educate, hungry families to feed, a sleeping economy to develop, and a successful nation to build.