PM’s aide to quit over ‘racist’ remarks

By Adib Zalkapli and G. Manimaran, The Malaysian Insider

Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s aide Datuk Nasir Safar will tender his resignation after allegedly saying “Indians came to Malaysia as beggars and Chinese especially the women came to sell their bodies” at a 1 Malaysia seminar in Malacca, comments that undermined the Prime Minister’s recent charm offensive.

Nasir had earlier denied the claims, but a statement from the Prime Minister’s Department tonight said the senior aide will quit his post.

“The remarks allegedly made by Nasir in Malacca today do not in any way reflect the views of the Prime Minister,” the statement said.

“Nasir never intended to make any derogatory remarks. He spoke at length on the contributions made by all races in developing the country.

“Nevertheless, Nasir apologises for any offence caused … and in light of this, will tender his resignation.”