Malaysia: Outrage at racist blogger

Blogger “Sammy”, reported to be a 22 year old employee in a Kuala Lumpur advertising firm, was reported to have posted anti-Indian sentiments on her blog, Life is a Drama. The blogger posted her comments after she claimed her mobile phone was stolen by two alleged Indian youths when she was having lunch on Sept 23.

Blogger Sammy

The Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) has since called on the police to take action against the blogger for her racist comments. Hindraf’s Penang coordinator, MN Anbalgan, and information chief, S Vadi Velan, lodged a police report in Butterworth against the blogger’s posting. Anbalgan was reported to have said:

Sammy’s racist remarks were totally uncalled, unacceptable and unbecoming of a true Malaysian… Her posting insults Indians, embarrass her own community and reflects badly on the polarisation of Malaysian society.

Blogger Sammy has since removed her racist postings, and wrote what appears to be an apology on her blog:

Yes yes i am racist, but not all times. It doesn't help the fact that most of the phone snatchers i heard are Indians. Or Malay or Indons…

… Sorry if I offended any Indians. You should know that if you're one of the good, educated ones then you shouldn't be disturbed by what I say.

Malaysiakini, Malaysia's leading online news portal, managed to get a copy of her original posting, which was reported to have included comments like:

I hate Indians. It’s bad enough they are famous for being drunk and rude (most of them anyway). Now they carry the reputation of being stealer, robbers, rapist, idiots, morons, drunkard bastards and list goes on…

I am not trying to be racist but it always Indian. It’s Indian fault. I don’t care if I am sued for racism.

Published reports of racism and comments sensitive to religion have made headlines this year, with consequences differing from situation to situation. Politician Datuk Ahmad Ismail was reported to have made racist remarks during the lead-up of the recent by-elections. He was suspended from his political party for three years, while the reporter who had reported his remarks, Tan Hoon Cheng, was detained without trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for 18 hours. The newspaper for which Tan reported, Sin Chew Daily, was given a show cause letter. On the other hand, Raja Petra Kamarudding (RPK), is said to be in detention under the (ISA) because his writings ‘ridiculed Islam’.

While some of these – like Sammy who herself admits she's a racist at times -are genuine cases of racism, others have been used by the authority to curb dissenting voices. The concern on racial polarisation and anger on incidences of racism has caused the government to moot a Race Relations Act.

Butterworth police was reported to have said that the case would be investigated with the Bukit Aman national headquarters, since the alleged posting was made in the capital. It is unclear what charges will be filed against Sammy, if any, although her remarks appear to have a seditious tendency under Malaysian law.

[Post script: since this original posting, Sammy has unconditionally apologised on her blog. Hindraf was reported to have accepted her apology. There is no word on whether any investigations will continue].

38 comments

  • Eddy Lee

    Sadly enough, what this Sammy wrote is the thinking with a lot of Chinese in Malaysia. Taking her to court may “scare” others from expressing their racist remark publicly but that wouldn’t change the mindset. People who steal are usually poor and under privilege. Unfortunately, the poorest community is the Indian community. We the Chinese community as the richest community in Malaysia should first ask what are we doing to help this poorest community before we make any sweeping statements concerning them like Sammy here.

  • Fuck Y’all. I can say whatever i want!

  • Raikkonen

    Yes,it is always Indians do the crimes. Sammy Chan’s remarks had indirectly shown how poor the Indian community are in Malaysia.What she said in her blog can be used as a supportive evidence when the HINDRAF wants to seek compensation from British gov, and can be utilized to support HINDRAF’s ‘ethnic cleansing claim’.I feel sympathy that most of the Malaysian Indians are plagued with social problems and poverty.I urge Indian community to be open-minded and dare to accept criticisms.

  • Charlie Joe

    Yes, It’s always the Indians who steal..and..Blah…Blah…Blah… the Chinese only introduced “Rasuah’ to Malaysia, they recruit the underpriveleged Indians to do their..debt collection, steal for them, become their hired killer…and the list goes on and on…
    Hei.. Chinkeee… Give me your contact number.. Which advertising firm are you with, bitch.. we’d like to pay you a visit.. you filthy scum..We’ve got your picture.. I’ll spread your message about Indians to all HARDCORE Indians and translate it for them, with your picture attached… Maybe we’ll give you the Highest award, that you deserve…
    OH..!!! I love those Indians….

  • Charlie Joe

    It’s so sad to see that a number of you got the cheek to say ‘this is an isolated case’ OR she’s sorry.. Let’s forget about it…… Can I put a bullet into somene’s head..Damage done…Oh..I’m sorry..All forgiven…Can I..??
    Come on, lah..we’re not in the Estates or paving roads anymore..A good majority of Indians have struggled on our own and made it…And made it real big…B’cos, we have the brains….
    Remember the days when the Chinese were the ‘Real’ thieves, robbers and murderers..?? Remember..??…They suck our blood, then scrape at the dry flesh..When it’s all gone, they try scraping our bones… Nothing left..Then they leave you to die…
    Better ask that Botak Syed Hamid to do somethig ’bout this yellow Chinkeeee..ISA…Or else..?? F@#k Sh*t Cu@t P*ss

  • Raikkonen

    the girl was actually not famous until Malaysiakini post her news.Why don’t certain people (who said want to rape her) just leave her alone since she has apologized and HINDRAF has already forgiven her.Why don’t the Indian fellows follow HINDRAF’s suit to behave like a gentleman. I just wonder if those people are literate or not.The way those people react have actually further tarnished their own ethnic’s image.Those people who know English have already shown how horrible they are,I just can’t imagine about those who don’t know English.Knowing English is deemed literate peaple, right?

  • Very low mentality. Definitely disagree with her.

  • sammy dummy

    can someone post both the article and the apology she wrote on her blog up?

  • d_warmonger

    It just proves to show that Sammy (sounds like some dog’s name) was never educated in the general mainstream education but some racist chinese school.

    She would never have mixed with other races except with her own race. The only Indian food she knows will be roti canai.

    She must’ve have grown up in a Chinese ghetto where you will see only Chinese around.

    Now, knowing how screwed up security is in Malaysia she should not have flaunted her handphone in public. She is lucky it was only her phone and not her life!

    Wake up ‘Dumb Blondes’ all beauty and no brains will not sustain you forever unless you shag a rich old man.

  • Superman

    hey lil puppy dog, Ms.sammy dog should be more civilized in whatever she says as she thinks that she’s educated. Sammy,lil doggy, its time for you to go back to school and go for moral classes. She should be more civilized to see in a way that all races in malaysia are one and every race in this country does mistakes. In every religion, it teaches good, so get your facts right Ms.Sammy doggy. why smell other people’s backside when u know urs is already smelly, go back to school and get yourself educated Ms.Sammy Doggy.

    Sorry to say, but i think Hindraf should not have accepted her apology. She just got away easily…

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