IMU Student Kiren Raj Apologises over Sexist, Racist Rant

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Medical student, Kiren Raj, has apologised for his sexist comment on the recent news of the death of Malaysian actress and singer Emily Kong.

The final-year International Medical University (IMU) medical student read his apology from a prepared statement.

“The comments I posted were not directed at any individual and meant no harm,” he said.

“I never meant to cause harm. Please forgive me. Moreover, I never meant to be derogatory to women. Women have contributed a lot to society.

“Sometimes we say things that are not appropriate and we should be responsible and apologise. We should learn to re-evaluate ourselves and better ourselves.

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“We must always treat them respectfully. I am so sorry that I was ignorant in making those comments,” he added.

The 27-year-old aspiring doctor apologised publicly during a press conference at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur organised by MCA public complaints bureau head Michael Chong.

“The comments were my imaginations in nature. Upon realising, I removed my comments as soon as possible. I would also formally retract my comments. I am deeply remorseful that my comments have offended many citizens. I would never do anything like this again. Please give me a second chance.”

Kiren also brought his palms together and bowed before the press.

Present with him were his cousin Datuk K Kumaraendran and lawyer Teh See Khoon.

Kumaraendran is a prominent lawyer.

Kiren had posted a sexist comment about Kong’s death on March 9.

In the post, he said: “I hope all the girls learn a good lesson now… Never leave the pub without a guy… Man and woman work together… We offer you a safe drive home and you give us makeout or sex… I mean girls like sex too right… This is what happens when women think they can do everything on their own and be independent… Every woman need men”.

He later posted about the size of Chinese men’s private parts and about a “plan” to push Chinese out of the country.

He also opined that doctors had a right to turn away patients based on their sexual orientation.

Today, Kiren said his comments were not about Kong personally.

His sexist and racist remarks triggered widespread condemnation and a police report by Gerakan Youth.

IMU has barred him from attending class pending an internal inquiry. The institution has also sent him for a medical evaluation and behavioural counselling.

A Change.org online petition calling for him to be barred from becoming a doctor has garnered more than 70,000 signatures.

Michael Chong said Kiren is remorseful, especially as he has many friends and course-mates who had advised him to apologise publicly.