PM’s aide Nasir Safar to resign over alleged racial remarks

The special officer to the Prime Minister who allegedly made unbecoming racial remarks during a 1Malaysia seminar in Malacca will tender his resignation over the incident.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s office yesterday said the remarks allegedly made by Datuk Nasir Safar at the Rapat 1Malaysia seminar held at the MITC did not in any way reflect the views of the Prime Minister.

Nasir: Supposedly made some unbecoming statements during an event in Malacca.
“Datuk Nasir never intended to make any derogatory remarks. He spoke at length on the contributions made by all races in developing the country.

“Nevertheless, Datuk Nasir apologises for any offence caused,” it added.

It said in light of the incident, Nasir would tender his resignation.

Nasir, who is the former Pulai Sebatang state assemblyman , caused a furor at the two-day seminar when he allegedly made some remarks about the Indian and Chinese immigrants to Malaysia.

The statements were supposedly made when he was making references to the demands made by the Indian and Chinese communities with regard to certain government education policies.

Several MIC and MCA delegates stormed out of the hall.

The organiser of the seminar, Information, Communications and Culture Ministry’s Special Affairs Department director-general Datuk Fuad Hassan, had to apologise over the incident.

“It is uncalled for, irrespective whether the statements were made in passing or were a slip of the tongue. As organiser of the seminar, I apologise,” he said.

Meanwhile, MIC information chief P. Kamalanathan said it was commendable that Nasir had taken responsibility for his “callous and hurtful statements”.

However, he urged the authorities to take the strongest action possible against him.

MIC Youth secretary C. Shivarraaj lodged a police report against Nasir at the Sentul police station last night.

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