PETALING JAYA - The man who berated a beer promoter has come forward to say that he is not a racist.
"I am not racist because my child studies in a Chinese school. I also have friends who are Chinese," said Mohamad Edi Bin Mohamad Riyars, who is known as Edi Rejang.
"At that time I was too tired from work and was angry, and I became too emotional since it had to do with alcohol. I sincerely apologise to the woman," he said in a video posted on Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng's Facebook page.
Mohamad Edi said he initially wanted to buy groceries at that hypermarket, adding that he noticed a woman who was offering beer samples to shoppers as he was walking by a crowd of people.
"As it was a narrow section, I saw many people congregating there but that place was a non-halal section and I did not check first. As I was very angry at that time, I took out my phone and decided to take a video of that woman, to question her, show that obscene gesture and walk away," he said.
He added that he did not know why he decided to act in that manner, clarifying that it happened spontaneously.