KUALA LUMPUR – November 28, 2017: Admitting that he can be quite foul-mouthed, Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor today apologised for making a disparaging remark about Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).
Speaking after an olive-branch meeting with several representatives of the UiTM alumni, he told the press that he did not mean to offend anyone with his controversial statement.
Tengku Adnan, widely known as Ku Nan, caught controversy after a video showed him saying “if you’re a slow learner, go to UiTM”.
“I was giving a motivational speech to the students (attending the function) so that they would realise the government’s contribution to the people for the past 60 years.
“That was my intention, but apparently, some have managed to take advantage of my poor choice of words and pit me against the whole of UiTM.
“I admit I can be quite fouled mouth at times, so I apologise to those who might have been offended by my statement,” said Ku Nan at his office today.
Agreeing that the controversy was due to Ku Nan’s poor choice of words, UiTM Alumni Association president Datuk Zaini Hassan pointed out that the former should have said unfortunate learners instead.
“We had a heart-to-heart talk and he (Tengku Adnan) explained to me how he meant no ill-will with what he said and that it was taken out of context,” said Zaini, who is also the Utusan Malaysia assistant editor-in-chief (1).
Zaini also called for everyone to stop harping on the issue, especially those who are unaffiliated to UiTM.
Although he did not name anyone, it is believed that Zaini was referring to Pribumi Bersatu youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who put up an online petition calling for Ku Nan to apologise. Saddiq is a graduate of the International Islamic University of Malaysia.