Jalur Gemilang-draped coffin of Bernama cameraman Noramfizul Mohd Noor who was shot dead in Somalia on Sept 3 during an aid mission. DAP lawmaker Manoharan thinks the National flag could have contributed to Noramfizul's death as it looked like the American flag.
Kuala Lumpur: DAP assemblyman for Kota Alam Shah M. Manoharan has deleted his controversial Facebook 'status update' and comments on Facebook relating to the Jalur Gemilang. The lawyer has also apologised for the uproar over his remarks and comments but remains adamant that his views had "valid points".
Manoharan refused to retract his statements about the Jalur Gemilang and the view that the National flag should be replaced.
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Manoharan, in apologising for the furore that had arisen, admitted that he should have been more sensitive towards the feelings of Malaysians before making the status update at Facebook and also in his replies there.
When contacted by The Mole for verification, Manoharan acknowledged that he should have clarified his replies to those who had disagreed with him on Facebook. However, he insisted that he had not been disrespectful with his suggestions and that those were his own opinions.
It was reported in The Mole yesterday that on the eve of Malaysia Day, Manoharan had made this update: "I distributed many DAP flags today in my constituency. I refused to fly the Malaysian flag because it looks more BN than Malaysian."
"There was no malice towards Malaysia when I made that update and I certainly didn't intend to hurt the feelings of Malaysians," he said. "These were just my own thoughts and feelings when I see the flag as it is. The crescent moon and star do have a Malaysian identity but it's the stripes - they are so similar to the American flag."
M. Manoharan is a lawyer and currently state assemblyman for Kota Alam Shah in Selangor. Was previously active with Hindraf, a Tamil-based movement that has been banned.