Local newspaper The Sun has issued an apology to Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the Home Minister over a recent remark which he allegedly said ‘non-Malays were getting arrogant’ in Malaysia. The Sun wrote that it has wrongly quoted him during the Segambut Umno division meeting. Instead, it was actually made by another Umno leader at the opening of the meeting.
The Sun published the report on September 2nd which wrote that Zahid slammed non-Muslims for becoming bolder and more arrogant and Malays are now facing the consequences for being kind to the non-Malays. Zahid then ‘clarified’ that his statements were misquoted as he was aiming his remarks towards DAP and those who supported the opposition party.
He then threatened that he will ‘know what to do’ if the article was not retracted and said the reporter should ‘understand Malay first’.
The report claimed that Kamaruddin Amboik, the Umno Segambut division chief complained that Malays were being ‘selectively prosecuted’ while those who had insulted Islam, royalty and the Malays are being let-off scot-free, in an apparent reference against DAP leaders.
Apart from that, another case in point was the road-rage incident involving Kiki or Siti Fairrah Ashykin Kamarudin and that non-Bumiputera people were getting more ‘biadap’ and ‘kurang ajar’.
The issue really is that such remarks can be made blatantly and still being reported. But, if Kamarudin did make such remarks and Zahid was at the meeting, while the reporter from The Sun was ‘misquoted’, what then did Zahid actually say?