Malaysia's Home Minister says remarks in Utusan were "not racist, just practical"
Published on May 18, 2013 10:03 AM
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has defended his recent statement which called for groups which did not accept the country's political system to migrate to countries with systems that suit them.
The Umno vice-president, who has been criticised for the remarks published in the Utusan earlier this week, said his statement was taken out of context.
"I actually said those who are not confident of our political system to berhijrah to countries with political systems that suited them.
"I am not being racist... I am just being practical in saying such groups should go to countries where they can translate their political beliefs into reality," he said on Friday.
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