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Najib: We didn't tell Malabari mamaks to go back to Kerala

Zikri Kamarulzaman  |  Published:  |  Modified:

UMNO AGM | Umno president Najib Abdul Razak has once again fired back at his archnemesis Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the call to Najib to "balik Bugis" (to go back to Sulawesi).

Speaking at the 71st Umno general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur today, Najib said unlike Mahathir, the party embraced all Malay ethnicities, including Malabari ' mamaks ' (Indian Muslims) from Kerala.

"This former Umno president, who is now a main opposition party leader, is still trapped in a colonialist mindset, to the point that he is willing to insult those of Bugis ethnicity.

"Whereas Umno celebrates the diversity of Malay roots. In fact, even Malabari mamaks from Kerala are recognised as Malays and we don't tell them to go back," Najib said...

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