IPOH: Jun 30, 2008
Sungai Rapat Barisan Nasional assemblyman Hamidah Osman, whose controversial remarks in the Perak assembly on Friday had riled many quarters, said she only meant to ask Speaker V. Sivakumar not to twist his words.
She said her words came at the spur of the moment and she never meant to insult the Indian community.
"I've retracted my words in the state assembly. I don't see it as a big issue," she said when contacted yesterday.
Asked if she would issue an apology at the next state assembly meeting, Hamidah said she had apologised in the assembly and to the Indian community by explaining her remarks to the Gopeng MIC chief and other division leaders.
On her apology at the state assembly, she said: "I withdrew my words. I meant to apologise."
On Friday, she told Sivakumar that she disagreed with the fable of whether a snake or a man from a certain community should be killed first, and asked if he also disagreed with it. She retracted her statement after being asked to do so by state BN chief Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali.
Yesterday, she said that words spoken during the state assembly was the assembly's affairs.
She said she only meant to ask Sivakumar not to twist his words, citing his decision to allow Teja assemblyman Chang Lih Kang to present the first debate on Thursday despite a promise by Deputy Speaker Hee Yit Foong the previous day that Kubu Gajah assemblyman Datuk Seri Raja Ahmad Zainuddin would be allowed to do so.