Saturday, 12 May 2012

Were police ordered to ignore Perkasa ruckus?

DAP chief Chow Kon Yeow is wondering if police are under orders to ignore or allow several incidents of alleged violence by Malay rights pressure group Perkasa in Penang.

Chow was referring to the yesterday's latest incident in which 30 members of the organisation held a mock funeral rite outside Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's home to "celebrate" his purported death to the Malay community.

NONEThe group, led by state Perkasa Youth wing Risuan Azuddin, also held a second protest, after flinging posters of Lim carrying the words "Guan Eng anti-Malay" along the streets leading to Komtar.

At a press conference yesterday to condemn Perkasa's "uncivilised act", Chow urged Malaysians to keep calm and remain hopeful for change, as the police have yet to take action against the culprits.

"I can only hope that the force can one day regain its credibility as an independent and fair protector of public peace," Chow, who is a state executive councillor.

NONE"It is unfortunate that they have perhaps been under orders to ignore or allow Perkasa's violence in Penang," he added. Chow then asked Perkasa to stop the "nonsense".

"Indeed, since they have already celebrated a funeral, I hope this means that the chief cause of their inexplicable discontent no longer exists in their minds," he said.

Chow also pointed out that a group comprising Perkasa members had also tried to disrupt a peaceful gathering to protest radioactive hazards posed by Lynas plant in Kuantan on Feb 26, where two journalists were injured.

Highest number of protests

Chow also expressed concern over the "increasing worrying trend of hooliganism in gatherings sponsored by ultra-right wing racist organisation Perkasa".

While Chow condemned the "celebration" of Lim 's purported death, describing it as not only in bad taste but also a threat to the chief minister's life, he added that the state was not against protests.

NONE"Indeed, Penang has become the state with the highest number of protests since March 2008, against the Pakatan government in general, and DAP's purported racism in particular," he said.

He also said that the state government is ever ready to listen to engage and listen to alternative views, but the DAP maintains that allegations of racism are perpetuated by ultra-right wing groups - the real racists.

Chow claimed that Perkasa's protests unlike those of civil society groups result in vandalism of public and private properties, violent assault on others and racist messages.

He lamented that the violent acts against the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat have become more brazen, and pleaded with the police for action against those responsible.

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