Nga Denies Making Insensitive Remark, Refuses to Apologise

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Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming said today he did not need to apologise for reportedly saying that an Umno-PAS coalition would lead to a Taliban-like state.

“What is there to apologise?” he asked when speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby Monday (March 18).

On March 3, Nga was quoted by a Chinese daily saying that should a PAS-Umno coalition come to power, the country could turn into a Taliban-like state.

However, when pressed by reporters, Nga denied making such remarks.

“Have you heard it? You simply quote someone, hearsay right? Have you heard what I said?

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“I’ve made an explanation but it’s okay, later I’ll look back at the Hansard and I will take action,” he said.

Earlier, Selangor PAS Youth said it will organise a mega-rally against three DAP leaders – Nga, Lim Guan Eng, and Chew Chong Sin – if they do not apologise over the purportedly insensitive statements.

“If these DAP leaders are still stubborn, we will gather for a huge multi-racial rally. We believe that not all the Chinese agree with such statements,” Selangor PAS Youth deputy chief Hanafi Zulkapli was quoted as saying by news portal Malaysiakini.

Meanwhile, Nga said he will let the police handle the proposed rally by PAS Youth if it takes place.

“We respect the rule of law and we also respect the freedom of expression.

“They can organise any assembly so long as it follows the rule of law,” he said.

Aside from Nga, Lim had issued a statement in Mandarin, urging MCA to immediately leave Barisan Nasional because PAS and Umno were now “declaring war” on non-Muslims.

Lim had since issued a correction, replacing the word “declaring war” with “targeting”.

Chew, on the other hand, was in hot water after relating the PAS-Umno ties to the shooting rampage at two mosques in New Zealand.

He has since retracted his statement due to the “misunderstanding” that it had caused.