Former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin (photo, above) has ticked off protesters for giving a vulgar twist to Kluang MP Wong Shu Qi's name during a protest last Saturday.
"Those present who made the vulgar and rude statement, I do not think it should happen. If we want to criticise her, it's okay.
"If we want to say that she was wrong or did not take care of Malay sensitivities, it's okay.
"But if we use her name for something vulgar, I feel it should not happen," he told journalists on the sidelines of a forum in Subang Jaya today.
The group had protested in front of Wong's office in Kluang to protest her statement that Jawi had also been used in erotic novels in trying to make a point that the script is not exclusive to Islam and learning it does not amount to Islamisation.
However, Wong said her statement was taken out of context to show that she was allegedly insulting Jawi.
The statement came amid strong pushback from the non-Malay community on the introduction of a three-page Jawi khat (calligraphy) lessons to the Year 4 Bahasa Malaysia textbook by the Education Ministry.
During the protest last Saturday, participants had replaced the "Shu Qi" in Wong's name with "P**i", a Malay vulgarity referring to female genitalia.
Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, who was speaking to the crowd when the incident happened, had distanced himself.
Asyraf: Why are we here this evening? What is the significance of us gathering in front of the office of the DAP Kluang representative, Wong?
Crowd: Shu Qi
Asyraf: Shu Qi. Wong?
Crowd member: P**i!
Asyraf: Shu Qi
Crowd: P**i, p**i! (followed by laughter)
Asyraf: The other things I don't want to say. I did not say that; I just came back from the hajj.
Khairy said he hoped Wong's critics can put forward a more intellectual and rational argument.
"If we want to criticise, do so in a civilised manner, it does not dilute our argument," he said.