According to a source who attended the meeting, Nasir Safar had ruffled feathers when he labelled the Indians and Chinese in this country as 'pendatang' or immigrants.
"He was saying that the Indians and Chinese came here as immigrants and are now enjoying life in this country.
"He also remarked that the Chinese, especially the women, come here to 'jual tubuh' (flesh trade)," added the source who requested anonymity.
He claimed that Nasir also credited Umno for being solely responsible in drafting the constitution, "sidelining the contribution of the other parties in the Alliance back then."
'Revoke their citizenship'
Apart from this, the source said the officer also threatened to 'revoke' the citizenship of those who were vocal about the subject cap for the SPM examination.
"He was telling us of how he visited several MIC branches to explain the government's stand on this issue and expressed regret that the branches remained steadfast in their call for the cap to be scrapped. He accused them of making an 'extreme' demand."
"He said, 'How can they talk so much about the Tamil language when Bahasa Melayu is the official language. If they continue to make such demands, we could revoke their citizenship'."
"Who is he to revoke their citizenship?" asked the irate source.
Following this, he said "some 60 to 70" MIC and MCA members as well as the NGO reps present decided to leave the room.
"The organisers tried to coax us to stay but we were too upset," he said, adding that the seminar was organised by Jasa, the Information Ministry's special affairs division.
Meanwhile, the source said MIC Youth is expected to file a police report on the incident.
Furthermore, a memorandum would also be submitted to Najib when he visits Malacca on Feb 4.
Samy: Punish him under Sedition Act
In an immediate reaction, MIC president S Samy Vellu, who was briefed on the issue by the party leaders who attended the seminar, expressed outrage and demanded that Nasir be punished under the Sedition Act.
Describing the remarks as being "racist of the highest order", he urged the premier to take the appropriate action against his aide.
Confirming that a police report would be lodged, he said: "MIC condemns the colonial attitude of this person for degrading the Indian Malaysians."
"His views are entirely the opposite of the goodwill shown by the government and the prime minister under the '1Malaysia' concept," he added.
Samy Vellu said Nasir must realise that the present generation of Indian Malaysians in this country were born in Malaysia and are also the sons of the soil.
"As such, who is he to suggest that their citizenship should be revoked merely because they have been fighting for their rights.
"In my 29 years of service as a cabinet minister, I have not come across such a person who felt fit to question the loyalty of Indian Malaysians. Shame on you!" he said, expressing confidence that the prime minister would do the right thing.
'Feelings of all M'sians have been hurt'
MIC deputy president G Palanivel was saddened that such "uncalled for" remarks were made following Najib's historic visit to Batu Caves during Thaipusam.
"All the Indians who listened to the prime minister (during Thaipusam) would have noted the goodness coming from his heart.
"Soon after the whole tempo has been disturbed. The feelings of all Malaysians have been hurt.
"Such remarks would definitely put back efforts to build national unity," he told Malaysiakini.
'Destroy the fabric of nation building'
MIC vice-president SK Devamany told Malaysiakini that if Nasir had uttered those remarks, then it would be nothing short of "detrimental".
"If true, then he owes an apology and action should be taken against him. Every citizen has to be respected.
"Statements like these are irresponsible and could destroy the fabric of nation building," added the deputy minister.
Devamany also stressed that Nasir's views do not reflect the stand and views of the prime minister.
"The '1 Malaysia' concept comes from his heart. I followed him to India and Batu Caves. He meant what he said," he noted.
MIC information chief P Kamalanathan lambasted Nasir as an "enemy within."
"While the prime minister is going through the country and all over the world propagating '1Malaysia' and talking about the importance of Indians and Chinese, we have an officer who works in his department and says racist remarks.
"The person should not be sitting anywhere near the building (the Prime Minister's Department).
"To ensure that '1Malaysia' is successful, we have to eradicate characters like these from the system," he added.
'What's the point of visiting Batu Caves?'
Also expressing regret over the "insensitive" remarks was MIC Youth advisor S Vell Paari.
"Whatever hard work done by the prime minister in fostering closer ties among the people has been destroyed by this act," he told Malaysiakini.
"What is the point in Najib visiting Batu Caves for Thaipusam and visiting Tamil Nadu to talk about the close ties with the Tamils here when his own officer failed to understand the concept of '1Malaysia'," he asked.
He added that the police should investigate the officer for sedition and hoped the government would act soon to alleviate any fresh fears among the Indians and the Chinese.
In a related development, Malaysia Indian Youth Council (MIYC) president A Rajaretinam demanded that Nasir be suspended.
He warned that if no action is taken by next Monday, MIYC, which had five representatives present at the seminar, would mount a massive protest.
Nasir could not be reached for comment.
seals: Should be arrested under ISA for being a threat to NATIONAL SECURITY?
And insulting the Chinese females as prostitutes ("the Chinese, especially the women, come here to 'jual tubuh' (flesh trade)")
Should MCA WANITA / DAP WANITA /PR WANITA and even UMNO WANITA sit duck with this insult? Where is all the NGO?
If at all MIC and MCA keeps quiet then it will be that you admit what he says..... !!!!
And strip his Dato ship.......!!!!!
I am sure the main stream media will block this news!!!!