PKR Senator Bob Manolan Mohamad had apologised to the Orang Asli Chiefs (Tok Batin) today (14th January 2019) for his speech during a dialogue session.
The Senator who is an Orang Asli himself, has come out to apologise for the incident, reiterating that he is still committed to the Orang Asli community, while adding that his appointment as a senator is a testament of Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) agenda regarding the welfare and interest of the Orang Asli Community.
“I personally apologise to all Tok Batins and those who were offended by my statement. There is not a single intention in my heart to offend them, more so intimidate. I have defended the Tok Batin institution since long ago, and even fought for those who have been fired by the previous government.
“I realise that my statement not only offended the feelings of the Tok Batins, but also disliked by Pakatan Harapan leaders because of the principles of the Pakatan Harapan government which defends democracy,” Bob said in a statement.
He still maintained the stance that he had meant to say that it would be hard for the Pakatan Harapan’s plan for fulfil if the Tok Batin were Umno members.
“Unfortunately, in my speech to explain the real meaning, the quote that any Tok Batin who does not support Pakatan Harapan as the ruling government should not be paid salary, I admit it as a rather outrageous speech because it can cause confusion and can be regarded as a threat,” he said today adding that if his speech was examined thoroughly, he has explained the importance of Tok Batins’ role in implementing policies that champion the Orang Asli welfare.
He was initially reported by Malaysiakini to have alleged threatened the Tok Batins during the dialogue, but after denying it, Malaysiakini was reported to have released a audio recording of his speech during the event.
Election Commission (SPRM) chairman, Azhar Harun had reminded all parties not to breach Section 9 of the Election offenses Act 1954, in a tweet.
by Bob Tan
14 January 2019 20:55