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A senior Malaysian official can expect to be punished for making an anti-Semitic remark during a news conference.

Ahmad Ismail, a district chief in the United Malays National Organization ruling party, said Monday that the Malay majority was losing patience with minorities, especially Chinese-Malaysian politicians, The Associated Press reported.

“I urge the Chinese not to become like the Jewish in America, where it is not enough that they control the economy, but they also want to dominate politics,” he said.

Malaysia’s prime minister and the leaders of the ruling coalition rejected the remarks and said they “want swift and firm action to be taken,” according to AP.

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