Thursday December 1, 2011
DAP rep says sorry for calling Perak MB ‘metallic black person’
By MANJIT KAUR and ELWEEN LOKE
IPOH: Pantai Remis assemblyman Nga Kor Ming has apologised for calling Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir a “metallic black person”.
“To all those who feel offended by my remarks, I wish to say sorry and apologise to them, including Dr Zambry,” Nga read from a statement during a press conference at the Perak DAP headquarters here yesterday.
The state DAP secretary, however, maintained that he was not referring to Dr Zambry’s skin colour or the Indians when he uttered the phrase in various ceramah.
“I simply meant that the mentri besar is illegal and that the state government is unlawful,” he said.
Nga, who is also Taiping MP, claimed that his speech had been taken out of context, adding that the issue was being politicised as the general election was near.
“All Malaysians are my brothers and sisters, including Dr Zambry.
“I personally have no hatred against him but I will never recognise him as mentri besar simply because he does not have the mandate from the rakyat,” Nga added.
Nga explained that since the fall of the Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak in February 2009, Pakatan had launched a “1 Black Perak” theme to express the people’s anger and frustration.
State DAP deputy chief V. Sivakumar defended Nga by saying that his comments had been taken out of context and that he did not have any intention of insulting the Indians.
Earlier, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Wawasan Kesejahteraan Insan Perak (Wawasan) handed over a memorandum to Perak DAP demanding that Nga apologise after staging a peaceful protest in front of the party’s headquarters.
Its president Fauzi Muda said DAP should not nominate Nga as a candidate in the general election if the party did not want to be seen supporting such racist behaviour.