DAP says it strongly condemns and disapproves the act of several individuals who stepped on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's picture during the Merdeka eve celebration.
However, its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng asks, why the BN did not act against the Perkasa members who burnt and stepped on his pictures outside his office.

lim guan eng visit kampung batu uban 210812 lim guan engLim, who is also Penang chief minister, said the BN was practising selective prosecution and double standards by intending to take action only against those who stepped on Najib's picture.

He wants Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein to give an assurance that his ministry would act decisively and expedite the legal process against the BN perpetrators of similar provocative acts on Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

"To date, there is no court action taken against the BN political desperadoes who showed disrespect to portraits of PR leaders.

"Clearly, BN practises selective prosecution, double standards and even outright racism by not expressing the same indignation and demands for stern action against extremist Perkasa members who burnt or stepped on my portrait outside my Komtar office.

"They even performed funeral rites with my portrait outside my house. Why was there no action taken against those who behaved in a similar manner against Bersih 2.0 co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan outside her home?" Lim asked.

He said that while non-Malay BN component party ministers were demanding action after the prime minister's picture was stepped on, there was no comment when this was done to a Chinese chief minister's picture.

NONELim was commenting on several people who stomped on Najib's picture's on Merdeka eve and the flying of the Sang Saka Malaya flag.

Lim accused Minister in the Prime Minister's Department and Gerakan president Koh Tsu Koon was irresponsible in blaming the opposition for such an act, which he said was clearly not.

"Secondly, Koh's condemnation of the PM's picture-stomping incident, while keeping mum when my own picture was burnt and funeral rites performed with my image, only exposes Koh's double standards and subservience to Umno.

"Neither did Koh press for any action to be taken on similar protests against Ambiga, who had also to suffer the indignity of having a "butt-dance" performed as well as a "burger protest" in which beef burgers were grilled outside her home, despite the fact that she is a Hindu and a vegetarian," he said.

This only showed BN's attitude in that it was prepared to exploit extremist racial and divisive politics to win the coming general election, Lim added.