Malaysia's premier said in comments published on Wednesday that Chinese voters who deserted him in Sunday's election had been deceived by "racial sentiments" stirred up by the opposition.
Prime Minister Najib Razak's remarks were the latest in a series of comments from government supporters directed at the nation's sizeable Chinese minority since the election.
Critics have condemned them as racially provocative.
Chinese voters turned their backs on the 56-year-old ruling coalition in unprecedented fashion, with Najib bitterly saying afterward that a "Chinese tsunami" of voters had opted for "extremism and racism".
"They have been taken for a good ride," Najib said of Chinese voters, according to Wednesday's government-controlled New Straits Times, adding they were taken in by the opposition's "racial sentiments".
The opposition's campaign platform had included calls for greater racial equality in the country.AFP