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Loke in hot soup over alleged racist remark

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – Oct 7, 2015: A racist remark allegedly shouted by a DAP member of parliament (MP) has inadvertently caused an uproar amongst Malaysian netizen.

The provocative “Celaka punya Melayu” (Damn the Malays) remark was allegedly vented out by Seremban MP Anthony Loke Siew Fook as he, along with Temiang state assemblymen Ng Chin Tsai were apprehended by the police.

Loke and Ng were detained yesterday after they allegedly confronted a Seremban Municipal Council (MPS) enforcement officer who ordered the demolition of squatter houses at Kampung Ulu Temiang in Seremban.

Many were enraged with Loke’s alleged words and expressed their anger via various social media platform.

Facebook user Amir Fuad Fuad: “Damn you Anthony! A dog like you needs to be kicked!”

Fatimah Abdul Rashid: “Celaka punya Anthony Loke!” (Curse you Anthony Loke!)

Eizwan Danial: “I sincerely hoped that the Malays who have been supporting DAP will open their eyes after seeing this incident.

“If they still support DAP then these Malays must be truly blind.”

However, Loke denied that he have ever made such a remark and claimed that the allegation against him was merely to tarnish his reputation.

“I would like to clarify that I have never said those words. The only thing that I said was “Celaka One Visa, Celaka Anwar Yeoh”.

“One Visa and Anwar Yeoh are the owner of the land and responsible for demolishing the settlements in Kampung Ulu Temiang.

“Even Malay families have been victimized by his act. I am merely defending everyone’s right regardless of their race,” he wrote in his Facebook page.

A report by news portal PRU14 TV, however showed a video clip of the incident where Loke appeared to utter the offending words.

The report also stated that MPS had already sent out eviction notices to the squatters about a month ago.

All of them had also received monetary compensation for the eviction.

However, the squatters later on refused to be evicted because they were unsatisfied with the amount of compensation that was given to them.

Last week, almost one hundred squatters from Kampung Ulu Temiang had marched to the palace of the Yang Di Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Mukhriz Tuanku Munawir in order to plea for a royal intervention in the matter.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]