Wednesday, September 29, 2010

MCA chief: Deputy director not fit for Civics Bureau position

KUALA LUMPUR: A deputy director of the National Civics Bureau (NCB) who allegedly uttered racist remarks is no longer fit to hold his position, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said.

He added that Hamim Husin should be sent for counselling, retraining and transferred to a desk job.

Dr Chua said Hamim did not understand the concept of democracy when he proclaimed Malay rights as a mandate to rule the country.

“He obviously does not know what democracy is all about. In a country that practises democracy, it is the rakyat who determine who rules the country,” he said.

A news portal on Monday reported that Hamim had made the remarks at a Puteri Umno event.

Dr Chua said the Public Services Department should take action against Hamim if he was in the wrong.

“Our (MCA) stand is very clear. Anyone who makes remarks which are racial, religious, extreme in nature and hurt the people of other religions or races should be subjected to punishment according to the country’s laws,” he told reporters after chairing the party’s presidential council meeting here yesterday.

MCA publicity bureau deputy chairman Loh Seng Kok said it was shameful for a public servant employed to train upcoming civil servants to use such derogatory stereotypical terms.

He said Hamim’s statement had offended the Chinese and Indian communities.

“If necessary, the police should also charge Hamim under the Sedition Act. It is time to put a halt to the arrogance and intolerance of bigots,” he said in a statement yesterday.

THE STAR (Wednesday September 29, 2010)

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