Unity minister told to reprimand Kedah MB over 'racial slur'

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Unity minister told to reprimand Kedah MB over 'racial slur'
Unity minister told to reprimand Kedah MB over 'racial slur'

Former de facto unity minister P Waytha Moorthy has called on National Unity Minister Halimah Mohamed Sadique to reprimand Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor for using racial slurs against his Indian critics.

Sanusi, facing criticism from Indian leaders from MIC and DAP over a Hindu temple demolition row, said his critics were "appearing drunk on two to three bottled after only consuming one" and also suggested that they were "drunk on toddy of popularity".

"The national unity minister must advise and reprimand the Kedah menteri besar for his racist remark on MIC and DAP leaders.

"The racist slur does not bode well in a multiracial and multicultural society," he said in a statement.

Waytha Moorthy (above), who is also the Malaysian Advancement Party president, said Sanusi should instead address the main issue of religious freedom in Kedah.

"The menteri besar should address the real issue of his failure allocate for freedom of religion by providing land for Hindu temples or alternatives rather than turning it into a racist attack on Hindus," he said.

Waytha Moorthy added that the PAS central leadership should also reconsider whether Sanusi is the right person to serve as the Kedah menteri besar.

Sanusi was sworn in as the Kedah menteri besar in May after the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan plus Kedah government led by Mukhriz Mahathir.