The DAP rep apologises for his Twitter posting on national shuttler Lee Chong Wei's defeat.
“I deeply regret the comments I made and tender my heartfelt apologies to Lee Chong Wei and his family,” he said.
He issued the statement after meeting with DAP national chairman Karpal Singh.
On Sunday, Manoharan angered Malaysians with his Twitter message when he commented on the Olympics badminton final match that pitted Lee against China’s Lin Dan.
“Malaysia will win its first gold medal after Pakatan [Rakyat] takes over Putrajaya. Lin Dan wins. He played better than Chong AWAY,” he had said.
Lee lost 21-15, 10-21, 19-21 to Lin Dan.
‘Don’t exploit the issue’
In a related development, Karpal called on Barisan Nasional component parties not to exploit the issue since Manoharan had apologised.
“Manoharan has extended an unconditional apology to Lee and his family and the matter should rest there,” he said in a press statement today.
He also admitted that Manoharan’s comments were uncalled for.
“The comments made by Manoharan over Lee Chong Wei’s performance are indefensible and ought not to have been made.
“Lee has taken Malaysia with pride and dignity on a world stage by his courage and grit in having done the best he could despite the ankle injury he suffered recently,” he added.