Ex-PKR rep sorry for Face­book post

New Straits Times - - News | Politics -

For­mer Batu Uban PKR as­sem­bly­man S. Raveen­tha­ran has apol­o­gised to Mus­lim friends over a con­tro­ver­sial post on Face­book.

He had posted a re­tort to an en­try made by Mus­lim preacher Dr Zakir Naik. Zakir was quoted as say­ing that “I’m a mes­sen­ger of peace, my crit­ics are terrorists”.

How­ever, Raveen­tha­ran, in re­ply, wrote: “Firstly, Is­lam was never a re­li­gion of PEACE.”

This prompted In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to di­rect the po­lice to call Raveen­tha­ran up to ex­plain his post.

Reveen­tha­ran then put up an­other post, which read: “My sin­cere apolo­gies to all my Mus­lim friends for my FB posting.”

Raveen­tha­ran, when con­tacted by the New Straits Times yes­ter­day, said he would go to Bukit Aman soon to give his state­ment, af­ter sched­ul­ing an ap­point­ment with the po­lice.

He said he did not ex­pect his post to go vi­ral.

“I have posted a sin­cere apol­ogy, but I am will­ing to ex­plain to the po­lice what I had meant with my post.

“My post was solely in ref­er­ence to Dr Zakir Naik,” the lawyer added, not­ing that he has been ad­vised not to say any­thing fur­ther at this junc­ture.

Checks showed the con­tro­ver­sial post has since been re­moved.

How­ever, Ne­ti­zens who man­aged to screen­shot the post, had flooded Raveen­tha­ran’s Face­book with mes­sages.

Nur Safeena Aza­mud­din, com­ment­ing on Raveen­tha­ran’s apol­ogy, said: “So ir­re­spon­si­ble.”

Edan Moris­son wrote: “The only thing I would like to say to you, sir, (is that) you are plain stupid.

“You have con­vinced me not to vote for Pakatan Hara­pan. Thanks for show­ing me your true col­ors.”

An­other Ne­ti­zen, Sham Ridzuan Khalid, said: “We urge PDRM to take ac­tion against this per­son who has dis­rupted har­mony and af­fected the per­cep­tion of Is­lam.

“Such a post can cre­ate chaos in the coun­try. We Malaysians will not ac­cept an apol­ogy from such a per­son. We hope stern ac­tion can be taken.”

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