MP laments threats over comments

Dr Kelvin Yii

KUCHING: Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii expressed sadness over the defamatory comments and death threats made by netizens on his social media page following his remarks on the alcohol ban issue.

He said his opposition to a suggestion by Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS) to suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages to curb drink driving shouldn’t be turned into a racial issue as the perpetrators and victims of drink driving could be of any race or religion.

“I am saddened by the racist, divisive and even death threats written by a coordinated group of netizens on my public social media page in response to a post with regard to PAS’s suggestion to suspend sale of alcohol until drink driving is resolved.

“It is my belief that the issue of drink driving is an important issue that we need to seriously address.

“However, the issue is complex and long-term solutions should comprise a combination of proper education, incentives, social messaging, engagement and of course heavier punishments,” he said in a Facebook posting on Thursday.

Dr Yii stressed that any solutions should take a holistic approach without infringing or taking away the rights of others especially in a plural and multicultural country like Malaysia.

“I stand and defend our country’s multiculturalism especially here in Sarawak and its secular nature as enshrined in our Constitution and protected under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“While I welcome differences in opinion and even differences in political affiliation, I strongly condemn such racist, vulgar and divisive sentiments including death threats towards my own personal safety and even the safety of my family.

“Malaysia is a multicultural and plural country and we should not allow hate and such extremism to take root and undermine the unity and harmony in our country. Such actions should not be condoned by any party,” he added.

Dr Yii said he had lodged a police report for his personal safety and the safety of his family, adding that he hoped the authorities would take the issue seriously.