The Ketereh MP said it was a joke and people should not be offended.
Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa today apologised for saying that a by-election might happen in Langkawi, claiming that the remark was made in jest and not meant to offend anyone.
Annuar, who recently called by-elections “God’s gift”, said that a by-election might happen in Langkawi next, where Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is 93 years old, is currently the Member of Parliament (MP).
“If anyone feels offended, I apologise, no problem,” Annuar told reporters in Parliament today, after he was roundly criticised by several Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) politicians for his remarks.
“What I said was that this was God’s fate and a by-election can happen anywhere, be it Langkawi, Bera or even Ketereh (where Annuar is the MP),” he said.
Both Sungai Kandis and Balakong, two state seats in Selangor, are facing by-elections following the deaths of their representatives.
Annuar also stressed that he respects Dr Mahathir and had nothing against him.
“He is my boss, he is good man, he is the prime minister, he is an elected representative and he has job to do.
“You must respect the prime minister, do not make a fool of him. He is a statesman, he is our leader,” Annuar said.
Earlier report: Jul 24, Annuar Musa’s “Evil” Remark That “By-Elections are God’s Gift”