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Reports lodged over PPBM division chief's allegedly racist FB comments

GEORGE TOWN: Several police reports were lodged against a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) division chief here today over a Facebook post which allegedly denigrated the Indian community.
The MIC, the Penang Front Party (PFP) and an Indian-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) lodged the reports at the northeast district police headquarters here.
They called for Nibong Tebal PPBM division chief Yaakob Osman to be investigated for a Facebook post, in which he said: "Dia tak tau India Nibong Tebal mcm mana haha… Hulop depa ambik… undi tak bagi.”
(He does not know how the Indian community in Nibong Tebal are. If you give, they will take, but they won’t give the votes).
State MIC Youth deputy chief M. Sethubathi said that the comment insulted the Indian community nationwide.
“Yaakob, as a division chief, should not have made such a comment.
"We want him to apologise,” he told newsmen when met at Jalan Patani here.
Checks by the New Straits Times showed that Yaakob had posted the comment on Aug 3 at 6pm, in reply to Facebook user “Dt Key Marzuki.”
Both comments were made in a post by Facebook user “Paksu Bagan.”
Sethubathi claimed that this is not the first time Yaakob has made allegedly racially-insensitive comments.
“In 2016, he had to apologise for issuing another offending statement. I hope this is not a tradition for PPBM,” he added.
PFP president Datuk Patrick Ooi said that Yaakob’s comment was insulting to Malaysian Indians.
“We have achieved independence for 60 years, but there are still people stirring up racial sentiments for political gain. This needs to stop,” he said
Meanwhile, Yaakob said that the police reports made were politically-motivated to smear his name.
“The comment I made on Facebook (did) not insult, but prais(ed) the Indian community.
“I have nothing more to say until I see a copy of the police report(s). I will make a statement if police call me for an investigation,” he added.

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