KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1, 2015:

Following a report that he had allegedly issued a “slap” warning to the Chinese in Malaysia, Deputy Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman clarified that he never made such a warning or threat.

It was reported by a news portal earlier that Tajuddin had uttered the word “lempang” (slap) in relation to the Chinese in Malaysia who took their complaints outside of the country.

“I want to warn the Chinese Malaysians, don’t think when you have a problem, you want to complain — just a little bit also complain — that there will be people to protect them.

Nak kena lempang macam itu,” Tajuddin was quoted as saying in the report.

Clarifying the matter further to The Rakyat Post this evening, Tajuddin stressed that the matter of issuing a warning or threat did not arise.

He explained that the “lempang” bit of his speech was said in jest and was not part of his official press statement.

Even in jest, Tajuddin said, the joke was not referring to all Malaysian Chinese but to those “yang manja-manja dan suka mengada-ngada” (those who are too touchy.)

“There were no threats made, be it to ‘lempang‘ (slap) or any other form of threats.

“It was just a reminder to the Chinese in Malaysia that if they have a problem, they should solve it internally. Do not involve outsiders. Do not think of getting protection from outside.”

Earlier at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Tajuddin who is also Pasir Salak Member of Parliament, spoke about some Malaysian Chinese who “fantasised” about foreign powers defending them, as reported by Malaysiakini.

This was in relation to China’s ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang’s visit to Petaling Street last week which Tajuddin said was to protect tourists from China.

Tajuddin noted that Dr Huang himself had said the statement made in Petaling Street was misunderstood and that the ambassador had no intention of interfering in Malaysia’s affairs.

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