Karam Singh Walia nearly Karam

January 5th, 2011 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Before you view the video, read the statement by popular environmental issues journalist, Karam Singh Walia:

Wartawan penyiaran Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Bhd. (TV3), Karam Singh Walia (gambar) menafikan dia mabuk semasa didakwa mengeluarkan kenyataan berbau perkauman di sebuah restoran di Klang baru-baru ini.

Katanya, dia masih waras dan sedar apa yang diperkatakan ketika kejadian itu.

Menceritakan semula insiden itu, Karam berkata, dia pada mulanya menegur sikap sekumpulan remaja yang meletakkan motosikal dengan sesuka hati di hadapan sebuah restoran India Muslim.

“Saya marah mereka dan mengatakan ‘letak motosikal tidak pakai otak, bodoh punya orang’. Saya ulangi perkataan yang sama selepas duduk di dalam restoran sambil memesan makanan,” katanya ketika dihubungi Kosmo! semalam.

Karam berkata, tidak lama kemudian salah seorang penunggang motosikal terbabit telah menuduhnya menghina orang Melayu menyebabkan kira-kira 20 orang lelaki lain mengepungnya.

Apabila merasakan keselamatannya terancam, dia lantas meminta maaf kerana tidak mahu meneruskan perbalahan dan cuba meredakan keadaan.

“Ketika itu saya malu dan tertekan kerana bersama saya ialah anak saudara yang baru pulang dari England dan saya bimbang dia dicederakan. Sebab itu saya memohon maaf kepada kumpulan itu,” jelasnya.

Following the above statement, one wonders if Karam Singh was indeed drunk during the incident. If not (as per his statement), then he acted quite well (but maybe the flowery words were a giveaway). If he was drunk, then lesson learnt is not to drink until you lose sense and end up in trouble. Better still, don’t consume alcohol at all. (Anyway, its stupidity to be drunk and go to a Indian Muslim shop!).

Regardless of his state of sobriety, part of what he said can be considered as racist statement if he mentioned that a race is stupid. However, if he said “orang” (that person” referring to the group of motorcyclists) without mentioning any race, then its not easy to classify as racist statement. As for the origin of people, I’m not sure because I remember reading that genetically the people here came from Northern Asia thousands of years ago. Not sure how correct the info is.

Being a public figure, he should have known better.

Problem is that we only see the video from the part where he apologises, thus can’t know the actual situation that led to this incident.

As for the crowd, if they believed he was drunk, then they should know that drunk guys statements are not trustworthy. Going up to a drunkard and arguing is a waste of time and only makes you look foolish. Even if Karam Singh was willing to prostrate on their feet and apologise, its meaningless when he is drunk. One guy even asked him to pay the bills of the patrons in the restaurant! Probably some entreprising fellow who taught of making hay while the sun shines.

If Karam Singh did utter seditious or racist statements, then someone should make a police report. But I think it will be hard to investigate if no one else heard/recorded anything up to the incident. Just the word of the accuser against the suspect.

Note: video contains obscenities and threatening situations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2yz0bQR7H8

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