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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — The Selangor and Penang Umno are backing Umno Youth which has demanded that DAP chairman Karpal Singh apologise, and had caused a commotion in the Parliament compound yesterday.
Selangor Umno Liaison Committee chairman Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib said Umno Youth had the right to protest against Karpal Singh’s action which was seen as offensive to the Malays.
“Karpal did not set a good example with the younger generation by calling the Malay youths ‘celaka’ (damn), although it is known that the word is insulting to the Malays,” said the Umno information chief in a statement today.
Muhammad said Umno Youth’s anger was understandable, following Karpal’s previous statement that the Sultan of Perak could be taken to court for his role in the Perak crisis.
He said for someone who is DAP adviser, Karpal should be more sensitive to the customs and traditions of the multi-racial country.
In Penang, Umno Liaison Committee deputy chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Rashid Abdullah said Karpal should apologise or prove that Umno Youth was responsible for sending two bullets to his house.
He said Karpal’s action could upset public peace and national security for insulting the Malay rulers and the Malays.
“Karpal has crossed the line by using a derogatory term towards Umno Youth, which clearly shows that he is not sane, not clever and does not respect others,” added Abdul Rashid.
In Alor Star, Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin characterised Karpal Singh as a coward and irresponsible when the DAP leader failed to furnish proof within 24 hours, that the movement was responsible for sending the bullets.
Khairy said this shows that Karpal’s allegations in the Dewan Rakyat was all made up. — Bernama