Nga, who is also Taiping MP, had allegedly made the remark during political rallies in Kamunting in September.
On Friday, Slim assemblyman Datuk Khusairi Abdul Talib
raised the matter during the state assembly, saying Nga’s remark was
insulting even to his party colleagues who were not fair-skinned.
A recording of a ceramah
in which Nga made the remark has since been leaked online and is a hit among netizens.
In his defence, the state DAP secretary said he had used the word “black” within the context of the 1Black Perak
slogan used by the party in reference to the swing of power to Barisan Nasional.
Veerasingam said that as a politician, Nga should stick to party policies and not be drawn into racial issues during his ceramah
is so wrong about being black? Black is beautiful,” he said, adding
that the opposition party had breached its own claims of standing beyond
race and colour.
Veerasingam, who is special adviser to the Mentri Besar, said Nga’s remarks had hurt the feelings of Indians.
“He seems to have forgotten that it was the Indians who helped Pakatan in the 2008 general election,” he said.
Nga’s remark did not go down well with some of his party colleagues in the state assembly, too.
A representative who declined to be named said: “It shows his (Nga’s) mentality and true colours.”
He advised that Nga, as an assemblyman and MP, should not stoop so low just to garner votes.
claimed that the first time Nga had used the term was during a dinner
that was attended by professionals, adding it was an untimely move by
the state DAP secretary when the party was moving away from its
chauvinistic Chinese image.
Another DAP leader said Nga had – unknowingly or knowingly – belittled Indians with his comments.
“He must remember the Indian votes had contributed to the party’s win during the 2008 general election,” he said.