Royal council wants sedition probe against Mahathir over his “Bugis pirates” remark

  • This picture taken on August 13, 2017 shows former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad delivering his speech during a forum in Shah Alam, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. A forum led by Malaysia’s ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, who is seeking to oust the government, descended into violence on August 13 as participants threw shoes and chairs and set off flares. / AFP PHOTO / STR / Malaysia OUT

The Sultan of Selangor is incensed by former prime minister Mahathir Mohammad’s alleged derogatory remarks against the Bugis community and wants a sedition probe against him, according to The New Straits Times Online on Thursday (Nov 2).

In a statement, Selangor Council of the Royal Court secretary Hanafisah Jais said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah viewed Dr Mahathir’s remarks with grave concern and disappointment.

She said members of the council, after a meeting with the sultan on Thursday, were of the opinion that a sedition probe was warranted against the former prime minister.

Hanafisah said Dr Mahathir’s  statement delivered on Oct 14 at the Sayang Malaysia, was aimed at inciting hatred, feelings of insult and other negative perceptions against the Bugis community by calling them pirates, robbers and criminals.

She added that Dr Mahathir also directly insulted the genealogy and ancestry of the Selangor Sultanate as its lineage is Bugis.

The former prime minister has come under fire – both at home and abroad – for the remarks he made at the rally when he said Malaysia had a leader who descended from Bugis pirates.

Earlier, Dr Mahathir denied that he insulted Bugis community.  He claimed that he merely referred to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib whom he described as a Bugis pirate.