Former Bersatu leader Borhanuddin Che Rahim will be investigated by the police over his racial slur against national shuttler S. Kisona.

According to Home Minister Hamzah Zainuddin, the former Pasir Puteh Bersatu vice-president will be investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentionally insulting with intent to breach the peace, as well as Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

If found guilty, Borhanuddin could face up to two years in jail, a fine, or both, upon conviction.

"I am disheartened to hear a racist comment coming from a leader. Racist remarks have been frequent, including (in) this case.

"Sometimes people get emotional and say unpleasant things," Bernama quoted Hamzah telling reporters in Terengganu today.

Several police reports have been lodged against Borhanuddin after his Facebook post insulting Kisona went viral on social media last Sunday.

Borhanuddin has since tendered his apology and stepped down from his position in Bersatu.

Hamzah, who is also Bersatu secretary-general, said no action would be taken against Borhanuddin at party level after the latter's resignation and apology.

Kisona garnered overwhelming support from various quarters, including the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) following the insult she received following her exit from the Sudirman Cup in Finland.

At the same time, Borhanuddin was unanimously condemned, by netizens and politicians alike, over his uncouth behaviour.

Source: Bernama
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