Own up to making the remark, Anina tells Nawawi

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PETALING JAYA: Langkawi MP Nawawi Ahmad should own up to the statement he made, allegedly linking the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to Malaysian Official One (MO1), instead of playing the blame game.

This, said former Umno member Anina Saadudin, was because Nawawi’s remark was made in response to a Facebook user’s question as to who was the MO1 named in the US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) report.

“If he had explained separately from the question posed to him on Facebook, then that’s fine. But he was answering it directly.

“That’s why I, along with seven others, lodged a report against him (Nawawi) for insulting the Agong by linking the Ruler to the MO1 mentioned by the DoJ,” Anina told FMT.

Nawawi yesterday defended his statement, following widespread backlash, by saying that he was talking of MO1 in the context of the Federal Constitution, and not the DoJ.

He also said that he would be lodging a counter police report against those who had “twisted his words”, and defamed him.

To this Anina said: “Bring it on. With all due respect, go ahead.

“But I will not retract my report. What he said is an act of treason towards the Agong, who is also the Sultan of Kedah.”

Anina said Nawawi, as a Member of Parliament, should have taken into account the sensitivities of the public before making such a remark, whatever his reason may be.

“This is especially the case, when he is a member of Umno — a party which claims to uphold the royal institution.”

Nawawi had recently courted controversy by saying that according to the Federal Constitution, the “Agong is the MO1”. He later deleted that line, but it can still be seen by clicking the “edited” button on his Facebook comment.

Many notable figures, including former Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin and former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir, have demanded that Nawawi apologise for issuing the “treasonous” statement.