Hamzah: Former Bersatu veep Borhanuddin behind racial slur on national shuttler faces police probe

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Former Pasir Puteh Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) vice-president Borhanuddin Che Rahim will be investigated following his racial slur on national shuttler S Kisona.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said several police reports have been lodged nationwide against Borhanuddin after his statement went viral on social media yesterday.

He said police will conduct investigation under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentionally insulting with the intent to breach the peace, which is punishable with a maximum imprisonment of two years or fine or both.

“Investigations will also fall under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. I am disheartened to hear a racist comment coming from a leader. Racist remarks have been frequent, including this case.

“Sometimes people get too emotional and say unpleasant things,” he told a media conference today.

Hamzah who is also the Bersatu secretary-general, said that no action would be taken against Borhanuddin at party-level after he tendered his resignation and made an open apology to the Malaysian public.

“Borhanuddin has apologised and tendered his resignation so my advice to others is not to commit the same misstep. Wrong is wrong I think he knows it. We don’t take lightly to (racist statements) but it has already happened,” he said.

Others who have come to the shuttler’s defence include

Earlier, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) came to the shuttler’s defence, saying they were appalled by Borhanuddin’s remark and that it practices a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of racism or discrimination.