SHAH ALAM — Nov. 2, 2017: The Sultan of Selangor has expressed his displeasure and regret over a recent statement by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad which was seen as attempting to incite Malaysians to look down on the Bugis community.
Secretary of the Selangor Council of the Royal Court, Hanafisah Jais, said that based on a video clip on the remarks which went viral on social media, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah described the statements as clearly insulting and grouping the Bugis community as being descendants of pirates, robbers and criminals.
“Members of the Selangor Council of the Royal Court considered the speech as being extreme and could cause hatred and public prejudice against the Bugis community which could lead to chaos and disorder.
“This allegation indirectly insulted the genealogy and descendants of the Selangor Sultanate who originated from Makassar (Bugis),” said Hanafisah in a statement today.
According to her, historical facts show that the Selangor Sultanate originated from Bugis who were warriors who had struggled and defended the religion and peace throughout the Nusantara Malay archipelago.
The council is of the view that Mahathir, as a former prime minister who had led the country for 22 years, should have been more careful in issuing any statement and should be more knowledgeable on historical facts on the Bugis community.
“His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor also reminded everyone, especially politicians, against ridiculing racial issues as political capital because this could jeopardise racial harmony and solidarity in the country.
“Members of the Selangor Council of the Royal Court uphold all the directives of His Royal Highness on this issue and feel that an investigation or legal action under the Seditious Act or any other relevant law should be taken against Tun Dr. Mahathir.
In a speech at an event organised by opposition political parties in Petaling Jaya on October 14, Mahathir tried to link the descendants of prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as possibly originating from Bugis pirates.
This issue also drew a reaction from Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla who said he felt insulted by the statement.
Several groups representing the Bugis community in Malaysia demanded that Mahathir make an open apology. — Bernama