Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Nga says 'sorry' for remarks 'Metallic black' statement taken out of context, says Perak DAP secretary
Perak DAP secretary and Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming has apologised for calling Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir “metallic black” and causing an outrage among the Indian community.
In a statement, Nga said: “To all who feel offended by my remarks, I wish to say sorry and apologise to them, including Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir."
However, he still defended his stance saying his statement was taken out of context since it referred to the Barisan Nasional’s Perak political takeover in 2009. He said it was an illegal power grab which was not endorsed by the will of the voters.
"Therefore, in that context, I had said that Kini Negeri Perak ada Menteri Besar hitam metalic yang haram dan masuk ke pejabat SUK menerusi pintu belakang menaiki kapal selam Najib" (The Perak government has an illegal metallic black menteri besar who entered office through the back door using Najib's submarine).
When contacted, Zambry said he had not responded to Nga’s apology as he had never responded to any of Nga’s allegedly insulting statements.
Nga is understood to have made the statement during a rally, and a video was uploaded on YouTtube by pro-BN bloggers.
In February 2009, the BN took over Perak from Pakatan Rakyat (PR), composing of DAP, PKR and PAS, when three assemblymen defected and became BN-friendly independents.
Before the takeover, PR held 31 seats which they won in the March 2008 general election.
After a year-long constitutional impasse, involving numerous legal battles and street protests, Zambry stayed in power after the court ruled him as the rightful Menteri Besar.