The National Patriots Association (Patriot) has denied any connection with controversial Malay author, Helmi Affendy, who called for the killing of “race traitors”.
“We wish to categorically state that Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot) has nothing to do with books authored by Helmi Affendy, who claimed to be the founder of Patriots, and the owner of the portal, ‘The Patriot’,” Patriot president Brig-Jen (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji said.
“Helmy is neither a member of Patriot nor are we associated with him in any of his works.
“Anyone who calls for the killing of ‘Malay traitors’ and propagates violence towards Malays and non-Malays is a very dangerous person,” he added.
Arshad called for the Inspector General of Police to investigate Helmi’s statement.
“Patriot reiterates our call for the police force and those in the National Security Council to maintain vigilance against any threat of terrorism.
“Strict measures and a zero tolerance to terrorism is our best hope to keep mass killing and terrorism from our country,” he added.
Arshad was responding to a news report, stating that Helmi is the founder of Patriots group.
Helmi is the founder of The Patriots Publication, a publishing company that is a spin-off from a Malay group called The Patriots Malaysia.
Arshad said his association had been flooded with questions from members of the public confused by the same name shared by both groups, following news reports of Helmi’s provocative remarks.
On Wednesday (May 29), bookstore Buku Fixi announced that it will no longer sell Helmi’s books after the author openly advocated for the “systematic killings of race traitors”.
Buku Fixi, in a statement, said it supported freedom of speech but did not support death threats or prayers for people to be killed.
The measures were supposedly taken after political analyst Ooi Kok Hin highlighted a tweet by a Mikhail Hafiz who posted a screenshot of Helmi voicing his hope that the Night of the Broken Glass and Night of the Long Knife would become a reality in Malaysia dating back to July 2018.
In that tweet, Helmi had condemned Education Minister Maszlee Malik for considering government recognition of the Chinese-based UEC school-leaving certificate, before making the inflammatory remark.