PETALING JAYA - After coming under fire for a callous MH370-related remark, DAP lawmaker Lim Lip Eng expressed regret over the incident and retracted his comment on the same day.
He courted controversy during a press conference yesterday morning when he said: "It's very simple. Make one of DAP's leaders the commander of the air force or navy, then we will find MH370."
Lim, who is Segambut MP, retracted his comment later in the day.
"I made that comment in my own capacity and was not representing DAP. I wish to retract that comment. Please accept my expression of deep regret for having made that comment," he said.
When contacted, MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the statement was uncalled for and that it was not the time to joke about such things.
"I think Lim Lip Eng understands the severity of how foolish his statement was. He should not simply assume things or belittle anyone.
"If the Opposition was in power, it would be the same military personnel who would conduct the search and rescue operation," he said.
Dr Wee said whether one was from the ruling or opposition party was irrelevant because any and all professional advice on the search was welcome.
"Now is not the time for a political divide but for our whole country to be united," he said.