PETALING JAYA: The latest video uploaded by controversial blogger Alvin Tan should be ignored as he is merely seeking cheap publicity and attention, said Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.
“What Tan did is wrong, but it is an individual action of someone seeking attention. One way for us to deal with this and discourage such individual actions is by ignoring them,” said the MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman.
On Tuesday, Tan uploaded a video on YouTube of himself mocking the azan, the Muslim call to prayer, by playing his own rendition of it.
“What these people want is attention. If a madman in the street wants attention and we’re going to respond to that, we are going to lose a lot of positive energy and negativity will be created,” said Ti when contacted on Wednesday by The Star Online.
Ti also said it was natural for the public to respond negatively to such antics as what Tan did was offensive.
He praised Malaysians who stood up – regardless of race or religion – to condemn Tan’s actions.
“What binds the nation together is our tolerance for each other’s culture and religion. We should not let individual actions destroy the harmony by linking it to any community.
“It is fortunate that Malaysians by-and-large do not condone individual actions and we do not overreact towards such actions,” said Ti.
The Malaysian Consultative Council for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism & Taoism (MCCBCHST) interfaith group meanwhile said Tan’s actions amounted to hate speech.
“It is the lowest anybody can go. If he (Tan) feels that by taking asylum elsewhere he can continue to do this, let him try. In that country, they can also put him behind bars for insulting another religion,” said MCCBCHST secretary general Prematilaka KD Serisena.
“We regret this kind of insult to another religions and it is very unfair of him,” Prematilaka said.
Tan’s video has received widespread condemnation from Malaysians of various backgrounds.
“Standing up for each other – that is how Malaysians are. We developed as a nation because we respect each other,” said Prematilaka.
Tan absconded to the United States and applied for asylum last May after being charged with sedition.-The Star