KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 – A defiant Ibrahim Ali has refused to retract allegations he made against a minister who has since threatened to haul the Perkasa president and an Umno MP to court for defamation.
“I am not going to apologise. If he wants to sue, go ahead. I won’t retract my statement,” he said, referring to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waytha Moorthy.
Earlier today, Waytha, who is in charge of national unity and social well-being, gave Ibrahim and Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman 24 hours to retract their “various false and defamatory” statements which insinuated that he had insulted the Malay and Muslim community.
If they fail to do so, he said he will sue them for defamation.
“These wild allegations and hate speeches by these two leaders are to rile up the people to attend the PAS-Umno-organised anti-ICERD rally scheduled for this Sunday,” he said in a statement, referring to the United Nations’ International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
Waytha said the statements by Ibrahim and Tajuddin were not appropriate in a multiracial, multi-religious and multi-cultural nation like Malaysia.
Today, Ibrahim demanded Waytha retract his claim that police had arrived late at the scene of the riots on Nov 26.
“He never apologised to the police for this although he had subsequently praised them and that’s why I say he is irresponsible.”
The former Pasir Mas MP said he will let the court decide on the matter.
“I have a lawyer and he is happy to defend me.”