Dr Mahathir probed by police over his ‘Bugis’ remarks

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is being investigated for his comments on the Bugis community, his laywer Mr Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said yesterday (Dec 13).

The investigations are centred around laws detailed in the Sedition Act, the Penal Code and the Communications and Multimedia Act, reported The Star.

The probe lasted for about 45 minutes during which time Dr Mahathir was asked 32 questions by the police. Six policemen were present at the Perdana Leadership Foundation to record Dr Mahathir’s statement.

Mr Mohamed said : “Dr Mahathir cooperated and answered the questions to the best of his abilities. The other questions, he will exercise his right to answer them in court,” reported Free Malaysia Today .

“It is straightforward. If you honestly believe there is a crime, charge him, but don’t make a drama out of it”.

He also reiterated that Dr Mahathir had already explained what he meant by his remarks, and that they were only targeted at one person – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak – and not the entire community.

Dr Mahathir allegedly called Najib a “descendant of Bugis pirates” during the Himpunan Sayangi Malaysia – Hapuskan Kleptokrasi rally on Oct 14.

His comments angered many, including members of the Selangor Royal Court, who viewed such remarks as “extreme” enough to trigger hateful feelings and prejudice against the Bugis community.

Investigations are still ongoing.