Putrajaya says BTN official suspended over racist remarks

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 — The government said today it had already taken action against a National Civics Bureau (BTN) official who was accused of uttering racial slurs during a Puteri Umno function in September.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the government had taken action against BTN assistant director Hamim Husain on October 6 for having allegedly uttered racial remarks against the country’s Chinese and Indian communities.

“As for the BTN official, a warning has been sent out and the official has been suspended from his duties as of October 6,” said Nazri (picture) in reply to a question from Tanjong Piai MP Datuk Wee Jeck Seng.

Wee had asked the government to state the number of civil servants who faced disciplinary action for “being racist”.

In response, Nazri said “three people had faced disciplinary action,” referring to Hamim, and two school principals — in Kulaijaya, Johor as well as Bukit Selambau, Kedah.