PETALING JAYA: There is no room for derogatory remarks based on ethnicity or religious beliefs, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong condemning a derogatory remark used on national badminton player S. Kisona.
The MCA chairman expressed sadness and disappointment that some Malaysians still resort to racial slurs against other Malaysians.
“It is particularly alarming to see such remarks coming from a politician. Making such disgusting remarks against a national athlete who goes all out for Malaysia shows ignorance and a very bad attitude.
“There is no room for disrespecting and denigrating anyone’s ethnicity and religious beliefs. The whole notion of ‘Keluarga Malaysia’ is to be inclusive and respectful of everyone’s origins,” he said. he said in a Facebook post on Sunday October 3. .
Dr Wee, who is also Minister of Transport, added that Kisona deserved praise for their efforts with the badminton team as the team had just celebrated Malaysia’s return to the Sudirman Cup semi-final for the first time in 12 years.
“She’s also won six women’s titles in the BWF International Series. I’m sure she will have a successful career if she keeps up the momentum,” he said.
A Facebook user, believed to be a politician, allegedly posted a racist remark against Kisona on Facebook, which was later deleted. The Facebook user has reportedly apologized for his post and resigned from his post in a political party.
S. Kisona lost to Akane Yamaguchi in straight sets 7-21, 5-21 in the Sudirman Cup semi-final on Saturday (October 2nd).
Malaysia lost the semi-final 3-1 to Japan.