Wednesday August 8, 2012
Manoharan apologises for getting carried a-Wei
PETALING JAYA: Kota Alam Shah state assemblyman M. Manoharan has apologised for his tweets criticising national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei's performance in the London Olympics.
“I deeply regret the comments I have made and tender my heartfelt apologies to Datuk Lee Chong Wei and his family,” he said from his account @mmanoADUN. “I sincerely hope my apology will be accepted.”
The DAP politician's apology came after the party distanced itself from his controversial remarks, with secretary-general Lim Guan Eng saying in George Town: “He is practically alone in this matter due to the insensitive comments he had made.”
PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said the party “unequivocally welcomed Chong Wei's return as a Malaysian hero”.
Manoharan earned the ire of Malaysians when he let loose a barrage of tweets against Chong Wei after the Sunday night badminton final.
Many Malaysian tweeters deemed his apology too little, too late.
@M_Jacksparrow said: “Now you better pray for your candidacy and winning la next election. You slam the wrong guy la YB. Olympic golds are won by sportsmanship, not politics.”
Some tweeters were more forgiving such as @m_hafiz_safwan who said: “late but better than nothing... Thank you for the tweet and please realise he unites us all.”