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Ahmad Ismail: I’ll not apologise
Athi Veeranggan | Sep 4, 08 6:14pm
The elusive Ahmad Ismail, the man at the centre of a ‘racial slur’ controversy, said today he would not apologise even after the deputy prime minister has already done so on his behalf.
The Bukit Bendera Umno division chief added that he did not feel sorry and would not recant his alleged racist remarks against Chinese Malaysians during the recent by-election campaign in Permatang Pauh.
“I am not apologetic because I didn’t do anything wrong,” the Umno division leader from Penang told Malaysiakini via telephone today.
This is Ahmad’s first public statement since the controversy erupted last week.
Arguing that ‘one is innocent until proven guilty’, the Bukit Bendera Umno leader decried the public trial on the issue conducted by certain quarters, including the media.
“As far as I am concerned, I did not say or do anything wrong. So why should I apologise?” said the local Umno strongman, who promised to give a full statement at a specially-arranged press conference in Penang this Saturday.
The press conference at the Penang Umno building would be held after a state liaison committee meeting chaired by party president and Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Refuting claims that he was a “racist”, Ahmad said he had been friends with many Chinese and Indian Malaysians since his childhood.
“I have never been racist and will never be. It is rubbish to suggest that I am a racist,” blasted Ahmad, who sounded calm and in good spirit despite the storm swirling around him. [......]