KUALA LUMPUR: Padang Serai member of parliament and former Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) member N. Gobalakrishnan lashed out at the party leadership for their silence over a racist remark made by its deputy president, Azmin Ali, to him in 2002.
"During PKR's supreme council meeting, Azmin used a six-letter word 'p*****' and insulted me in front of the party president, secretary-general and supreme council members.
"Azmin's remark was racist and derogatory towards all Indians in Malaysia."
Gobalakrishnan added that the opposition were prompt in responding to a recent controversial statement made by Datuk Mohamad Aziz against Datuk S. Ambiga last week.
"They played out the sentiment of race, gender and religion on the statement by the Sri Gading member of parliament just a day after he made it.
"However, there was no action taken against Azmin (who was PKR vice-president then), who was clearly insulting me, as an Indian, with a racist remark 10 years ago."
Gobalakrishnan, who became an independent member of parliament after he left PKR in 2010, added that the opposition's de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim did not stick to his promise in seeking for an apology over Azmin's insult towards him.
"I went to see him after the incident and he promised me, through Khalid Jaafar, that he would look into the matter after he was released from jail and urged me to keep quiet about it.
"But when he was released and I approached him again on the matter, he dismissed it as a small issue," he added.
Gobalakrishnan now urged PKR's leadership and Azmin to apologise to all Malaysian Indians for being quiet about the insult for all these years.
"I want Anwar to take action against Azmin for what he said."