Tuesday, January 19, 2010

MACC apologises to disabled - the star

MACC man apologises to Karpal


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s head of prosecution Datuk Abdul Razak Musa has issued an apology to Karpal Singh for insulting him last Friday.
In a press statement Tuesday, the MACC said Abdul Razak had retracted his words and apologised to the veteran lawyer for his comments.
MACC also apologised for the insensitive comments made by Abdul Razak and said it was not the commission’s intention to offend any party.
Last week during the Teoh Beng Hock inquest, Abdul Razak had told the wheelchair-bound Karpal, “I can sit down, but you cannot stand up.”
When contacted on Tuesday, Karpal said Abdul Razak had apologised to him in court immediately after he had made the comment and been cautioned by the judge.
“I accept the apology by the MACC in good grace and the matter should be left at that,” he said.
He said he hoped that such an incident did not occur again, not only to him but to any disabled person in the country.
On Monday, the Malaysians Against Discrimination of the Disabled (MADD) coalition submitted a memorandum to the MACC requesting disciplinary action be taken against Abdul Razak for his comments.
MACC’s Federal Territories director Azni Hamzah received the memorandum.
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