Thursday February 4, 2010
PETALING JAYA: The citizenship of non-Malays in the country should never be questioned, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
A provision in the Federal Constitution clearly stated that the Malays were the indigenous people of the country while the non-Malays had rights to citizenship, he said.
“That should not be questioned. The Constitution provides that you cannot take away citizenships,” he told reporters after opening the Malaysian Liver Foundation building at Ara Damansara here yesterday.
The former prime minister was asked to comment on alleged racist remarks made by Datuk Nasir Safar, a special officer to the Prime Minister, during a 1Malaysia seminar in Malacca.
“It is a very bad statement to make. Even if it is true, we don’t say things like that. They are in fact, the children of the people who came here. They have not just arrived,” said Dr Mahathir.
Johor Umno information chief Datuk Samsol Bahari Jamali said Nasir’s remarks did not reflect the views of Umno in any way.
He said Johor Umno always looked at ways to get everyone to work together and not hurt anyone’s feelings.
“I am shocked to hear it. He never struck me as a racist,” he said when contacted.
MIC vice-president Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the immediate action taken by Najib indicated his seriousness and commitment in ensuring the success of the 1Malaysia policy.
“This should act as a deterent to ensure that similar statements are not repeated by any quarters,” he said in a statement.
Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan said the alleged racist remarks had aggravated the already high political tension in the country
Meanwhile, non-governmental organisation Perkasa came to Nasir’s defence.
Its president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said the remarks would have been harsher had it come from him (Ibrahim).
PM: Nasir’s fate a lesson for all
By MARTIN CARVALHO
MALACCA: The fate befalling the Prime Minister’s former special officer Datuk Nasir Safar should be a lesson for all to be more racially sensitive in future, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He gave the advice following Nasir’s resignation on Wednesday evening following his alleged racist remarks at a Rapat 1Malaysia seminar in Malacca on Tuesday.
Najib said the citizenship of every Malaysian should not be questioned by anyone as it is a right enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
He added that Nasir had apologised and accepted responsibility for his statements.
On the sedition investigations against Nasir, he said he would leave it to the police to probe the incident.