Thursday, September 04, 2008

Kit Siang questions Ahmad’s silence

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP Ipoh Timor MP Lim Kit Siang has questioned why there has been no public response from Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail over his racist statement against Malaysian Chinese.

Lim asked whether Ahmad, who has shown no contrition or remorse since he made the remarks nine days ago, was fully confident that he had the mainstream support of Umno leaders and members, encouraging him to show contempt for the nationwide furore.

Saying Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s apology on behalf of Ahmad was “inappropriate, inadequate and unacceptable”, Lim said the apology could not be acceptable if Ahmad continued to be defiant and unrepentant.

“Even if he tenders an apology, the question of its adequacy will arise, following the precedent set by the Cabinet in the Wee Meng Chee case over his Negaraku rap video-clip last year, when the Cabinet rejected Wee’s apology as inadequate,” Lim said in a statement yesterday.

Lim said Najib should apologise on behalf of himself as Najib had failed to reprimand Ahmad immediately after he made the remarks during the Permatang Pauh by-election ceramah on Aug 24, where Najib was present.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/9/4/nation/22235529&sec=nation

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