DAP's Abdul Aziz Isa has defended the party's firebrand speaker Hew Kuan Yau's ceramah speech, in which Hew said Aziz would "screw" Malays if he won in Batu Kitang in the May 7 Sarawak election.
Aziz said Hew, popularly known by his moniker 'Superman', was taking aim at the corrupt in his ceramah video which called on voters to support Abdul Aziz over PKR in Batu Kitang.
"What Superman said was if I'm elected in Batu Kitang, I will be the Malay representative that will screw corrupt Malays in Sarawak," Aziz told Malaysiakini when contacted.
He accused certain quarters of twisting Hew's message.
"They are trying to divert issues, such as 1MDB and GST, because we are going to face two by-elections," he said.
An excerpt of the recorded speech by Hew (photo) was publicised in blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin's Malaysia Today website, under the title: 'Vote DAP so that we can screw the Malays'.
The speech was in Mandarin but Raja Petra's blog provided Malay subtitles.
The subtitles quoted Hew as saying that Aziz can "screw their own Malay group, screw their own corrupt Malays, screw pok kai Malay groups".
However, the subtitles contained mistranslation and the accurate translation would be: "Let Aziz enter the state assembly to screw their own Malays, screw their own corrupt Malay officials, screw their pok kai Parti Bersatu Bumiputera".
MCA has since trained its guns on DAP over the video.
BN's Lo Khere Chiang won the Batu Kitang seat with 6,466 votes to Aziz's 4,626 votes in a five-corner contest.
PKR's Voon Shiak Ni garnered 883 votes while two other independent candidates Sulaiman Kadir and Othman Bojeng garnered 61 anf 54 votes respectively.
Hew later accused BN cybertroopers of mistranslating what he had said.
Malaysia Today's versionHew Kuan Yau's version