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Army veterans' body warns action on Ali Tinju if racist threats persist

The Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans Association (PVATM) will not hesitate to impose disciplinary action against Ali Tinju if he continues to tarnish the image of the association.

According to PVATM executive council, Ali Tinju, whose real name is Mohd Ali Baharom, had often made racist statements which could cause disharmony among the multi-racial people in the country.

Apart from contradicting the practice and principles adopted by veterans of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), the action by Ali Tinju was also deemed to have given the ATM veterans a bad image.

"Racial sentiments propagated by Ali Tinju can affect efforts by the country's leaders to unite the people of all races and religions in Malaysia," PVATM said in a statement in Kuala Lumpur today.

According PVATM, Mohd Ali had served in the Royal Malay Regiment for eight years and joined the association after registering with the Petaling, Selangor branch, but he was not an active member.

The Federal Territory and Selangor Malay Army Veterans Association established by Mohd Ali had already been dissolved by the Registrar of Societies on April 1, 2014, for failing to comply with certain rules and regulations under the Societies Act 1966, PVATM said.

Mohd Ali had previously sparked controversies through several actions, including by performing a 'butt dance' in front of Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan's house and staging a street demonstration during the Low Yat racial brawl.

- Bernama