Beng Hock’s baby awaiting Utusan apology

By Helen Ang

Dr Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah caused a controversy when he wrote about Teoh Beng Hock’s “child born out of wedlock” in the Sunday edition of the Utusan broadsheet.

Beng Hock’s family want an apology over his “insensitive and hurtful comments” on July 26. Malaysian Insider has the story and translation of the offensive paragraphs.

Last Sunday (Aug 2), Ridhuan replied to strong criticisms of him by those whom he called “golongan ultra kiasu” and took to task the Chinese newspapers as well.

In his article in Utusan’s Mingguan Malaysia, Ridhuan said “Frankly, I have no need to apologize because I was speaking the truth”. He called the criticisms of him “low class ideas” not worth entertaining.

He also questioned whether his critics even understood his article which was written in Bahasa Melayu as “they quite possibly comprehend English or their mother tongue better than the national language”.

To be fair to Ridhuan, there is merit to some of his arguments touching on race dynamics. I won’t comment on his exhortation on religion as that is beyond the scope of Hartal MSM’s brief.