PH using my speech in desperate bid to win Semenyih, says Nazri

Nazri Aziz was reported to have asked for vernacular schools to be shut down.

SEMENYIH: Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Nazri Aziz has accused the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government of using his recent controversial campaign speech as a desperate attempt to win the Semenyih by-election.

Defending his speech Nazri said his opponents had taken the opportunity to misrepresent the speech.

“People know me, I am not a racist,” he told reporters on his campaign rounds in support of BN candidate Zakaria Hanafi at Bandar Seri Putera today.

Nazri said he gave his statement after being called by the police yesterday.

Earlier today, Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun confirmed that Nazri was being investigated under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948.

He said that once completed, the investigation papers would be handed over to the deputy public prosecutor.

While campaigning on Saturday, Nazri was reported to have asked for vernacular schools to be shut down.

He also reportedly said the appointment of non-Muslims as the attorney-general, chief justice and finance minister meant they could not be sworn in using the Quran.

The Padang Rengas MP was also quoted as saying that non-Malays should not question Malay special privileges and that non-Malays also had their vernacular schools to preserve.

He later defended his speech, saying he had only asked that all quarters respect the rights of Malays as well as non-Malays.

Asked today who he thought would win the Semenyih by-election, Nazri said “it is Pakatan Harapan’s seat, therefore they should win”.

“As the government, they have the advantage to win. As the opposition, we are the underdog,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a statement tonight, acting Umno president Mohamad Hasan said Nazri’s alleged statements on vernacular schools were his personal views.

He also said Umno understood the need for vernacular schools and believed they should continue to exist.