Malaysian Indian politician gets apology for death threat

April 29th, 2008 - 4:37 pm ICT by admin  

Kuala Lumpur, April 29 (IANS) An 18-year-old college student has apologised to Malaysian Indian lawmaker Karpal Singh for posting a death threat to him on a website hosted by the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS). The student, accompanied by his father and a PAS official from Johor Baru, went to a police station Monday and admitted that he was responsible for posting the death threat, The Daily Star reported.

The death threat had been part of the brickbats hurled last week at Karpal Singh, who heads the Democratic Action Party (DAP), following allegations that he was a bigot for continuously opposing the formation of an Islamic state.

Singh, like some other political leaders, had taken the stand that Islam was the official religion of Malaysia, but it was not an Islamic State.

The student also went to the DAP’s office in Johor Baru and handed over a letter of apology for Karpal Singh.

Both DAP and PAS are part of the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat.

Following the media publicity surrounding the death threat, PAS had apologised to DAP for allowing the comment to be posted on its website, the newspaper said.

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