Malaysia

After Hindu insult, Zulkifli Noordin says ‘keling’

Zulkifli had already apologised on April 1 for hurting the feelings of the Indian community. - Screenshot from YouTube videoZulkifli had already apologised on April 1 for hurting the feelings of the Indian community. - Screenshot from YouTube videoKUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — Independent lawmaker Datuk Zulkifli Noordin has been captured on Youtube uttering the word “keling”, which Indian Malaysians find racially offensive, just days after an earlier video deemed religiously-insensitive went viral.

The latest video clip was posted yesterday and showed the controversial Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP at a public event in the Ampang suburb on March 6, purportedly weighing in on the conspiracy theories surrounding the 2006 murder of Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu and the private detective hired to tail her, P. Balasubramaniam who died of heart attack last month.

Ada badigol Baghdad ni percaya, entah keling mana bawa kitab Hindu dia, ‘saya ada tengok, saya ada bukti’. Keling ni bawa kitab Hindu sumpah, dia percaya (There are these Baghdad fools who believe this keling from nowhere who brings his Hindu holy book, saying, ‘I have seen, I have proof’. This keling brings and swears on his Hindu holy book, he believes),” he said, using a derogatory word in the Malay language to refer to Malaysians of Indian ancestry.

The two-and-a-half minute clip uploaded by a Youtube user identified as “Chandra Lawan Tetap Lawan” appears to be an extract of a slightly longer video first posted by Malay news portal KLPos.com, which was also uploaded to Youtube, under the title “PAS Gadai Kalimah Allah [PAS pawning Allah]”.

The latest clip though, has drawn some 530 views on the popular video-sharing site, and garnered 15 scathing comments against Zulkifli, a self-styled champion of Islam.

Lagi nak pakai songkok puiii... [Still want to wear the songkok puiii...],” said Youtube user Bavani Vani, in an apparent reference to the Muslim lawyer’s oft-donned Islamic headgear.

Memalukan bangsa aku n agama islam... Bangsat betul [Shaming my race and Islam... What a scoundrel],” said another user, alongaidil.

Zulkifli was forced to apologise on April 1 for hurting the feelings of the Indian community after a video of a religious lecture in which he tells of how he questioned an Indian trader here on why Hindu gods did not prevent the man’s shop from being flooded was spread on Youtube and social media sites recently.

State news agency Bernama reported Zulkifli saying the speech was made 10 years ago when he was a PAS member. He reportedly admitted it was a mistake and expressed remorse over the statement as it was inappropriate.

PAS sacked the lawyer in 2008 when he contested the general elections that year under the PKR banner, with several leaders saying he held extremist views.

PKR sacked him in 2010 and he then became close to Umno and the ruling Barisan Nasional and later made a vice-president of the Malay rights group Perkasa.

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