Malaysian leader apologises to Indians
Singapore: Ahead of the parliamentary elections in the country next month, a controversial Malaysian political leader has apologised to Indians there for making disparaging remarks against the Hindu religion 10 years ago.
Datuk Zulkifli Noordin of the Barisan Nasional party met a group of 100 Indians over dinner at Shah Alam, the capital of the state of Selangor, last weekend and offered his apologies, local media reported. Noordin is contesting the Shah Alam parliamentary constituency in Malaysia's general elections to be held May 5.
Accepting that he practised extremist and racist politics, he said that it was because opposition parties "taught us that". "Not only did we have a racist, chauvinistic attitude towards the Indians, but also towards our own races. We, the Malays in the opposition, were taught to hate our own race," The New Straits Times quoted him as saying.