Zahid accuses non-Malays of getting arrogant, says daily

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(September 2): Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has slammed non-Muslims for becoming increasingly arrogant, saying that the Malays are now paying the price for being kind to them, The Sun reported today.

In the report, the Home Minister said as a result, the non-Malays are insulting the bumiputera, royalty and Islam.

"We allowed them to be indebted to us without needing them to pay it back; they are now insulting Islam and the Malays under the pretense of democracy, freedom of speech, and globalisation," he was quoted as saying by the paper while opening the Segambut Umno division meeting yesterday.

Zahid attributed this development to the perception that foreign cultural norms were better than what was practised in Malaysia.

The report said he called on non-Malays to respect the Bumiputera and urged Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to expedite sedition cases involving high-profile figures in order to protect the government's credibility and address allegations of selective prosecution.

Earlier, the report said, Umno Segambut division chief Kamaruddin Ambok had complained that Malays were being selectively prosecuted but those who had insulted Islam, royalty and the Malays were being let off.

He cited the example of the road rage incident where Siti Fairrah Ashykin Kamaruddin, who is better known as Kiki, had been sentenced within eight days of the incident but noted that Seputeh MP Teresa Kok was still free.

According to The Sun, Kamaruddin had been referring to Kok's Chinese New Year satirical video "Onederful Malaysia" which had caused an outrage among Muslims groups who had even threatened to slap her. Kok was charged with sedition over the video.

In the report, he also claimed that there were many other cases where provocative comments had been posted on social media by non-Muslims, which showed that non-Bumiputera people were getting more and more "biadap" and "kurang ajar" (rude).

He said this was because the Malays were divided and weak, adding that there were now Malays joining the DAP, which is predominantly Chinese.