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‘Ngeh should have apologised immediately’

September 22, 2012

Perak DAP chairman Ngeh Koo Ham's remarks were insensitive, says Sabah Umno's deputy chief Salleh Said Keruak.

KENINGAU:  Sabah Umno deputy chief Salleh Said Keruak has lambasted Perak DAP chairman Ngeh Koo Ham for his comments on his Twitter account, saying that the latter should have apologised immediately after posting a Tweet that implied Muslims in the country were wasting time protesting against an anti-Islam movie.

He said although Ngeh later apologised, the fact remains that he was initially defiant and refused to apologize over his statement questioning Muslims’ reaction towards the anti-Islam film ‘Innocence of Muslims.’

Describing the remark as insensitive towards the feelings of the Muslims, said Ngeh only apologised after being criticised from all quarters, particularly among Muslims in the country.

“Obviously, this is more of a damage control psychology. It is merely an afterthought. Ngeh retracted his Twitter remark when pressured to do so because he is afraid of the possible political consequences.

“Ngeh’s comments are actually reflective of the true colors of DAP leaders. Imagine if DAP comes into power. Even now, as envisaged by Ngeh’s Tweet, DAP leaders are insensitive towards the feelings of others, especially Muslims,” he said in his speech at a gathering organised by United Sabah Bajau Organisation (USBO) Keningau branch at Kampung Kota Ayangan, near here today.

Also present were Assistant Minister of Rural Development Sairin Karno, who is also State Assemblyman for Liawan and  Bingkor state assemblyman Justin Guka.

Yesterday, Umno had questioned the sincerity of Ngeh who apologised for a tweet that implied Muslims in the country were wasting time protesting against an anti-Islam movie.

Umno president Najib Tun Razak was quoted saying that: “One cannot simply make remarks and apologise only because the statement had angered others.”

Ngeh, in his tweet three days ago, had allegedly questioned Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaludin’s intention to stage a protest against the short film and asked whether Muslims were spending too much time and energy on the issue.

The low-budget film directed by Sam Bacile from California, which depicted Prophet Muhammad in a bad light, had sparked violent protests across the Muslim world.

Meanwhile, Salleh, who is also Sabah Legislative Assembly Speaker, said USBO, as a non-governmental organisation backing the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN), expressed support for Najib and Chief Minister Musa Aman respectively.

He also urged the young, particularly from Bajau community in Sabah, to register as voters and participate in the general election.


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