Thursday, May 6, 2010

MCA slams Penang state Opposition Leader Datuk Azhar

“MCA regrets the remarks made by Azhar which warn of a repeat of May 13. That remark, along with his statement of Malay gangsters ‘to teach a lesson’, is hurtful and insensitive to the feelings of decent Malaysians, as well as an insult to the Malays as it portrays them to be a violent race,”


MCA slams Umno man’s seditious May 13 remarks

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
May 06, 2010


KUALA LUMPUR, May 6 — The MCA today rapped Penang state Opposition Leader Datuk Azhar Ibrahim for warning there would be a repeat of the May 13 race riots if the people lose confidence in the police.

MCA deputy publicity chief Loh Seng Kok said Azhar’s statement was seditious because he had made references to inciting racial riots, and that “elected representatives should be reminded that the immunity of the state assembly is not a carte blanche to misuse the freedom of speech which is given.”

“MCA regrets the remarks made by Azhar which warn of a repeat of May 13. That remark, along with his statement of Malay gangsters ‘to teach a lesson’, is hurtful and insensitive to the feelings of decent Malaysians, as well as an insult to the Malays as it portrays them to be a violent race,” said Loh in a statement today.

He dismissed the Umno leader’s suggestion for the army to take over the duties of maintaining law and order in the country, saying it was “unnecessary as our country is not in a state of emergency.”

He pointed out that Azhar’s statement could jeopardise foreign direct investments into Penang as “many multinational companies park their factories in Penang.”

“By asking the army to take over, Azhar may have struck fear into Malaysians with images of the Emergency period coming back to those who have lived through that era.

“After 53 years of independence, it is disappointing to see that threats are still being flung around the august House. While constructive criticisms are welcomed, threats are not. MCA also rebukes Azhar’s statement as they are contradictory to our prime minister’s vision of a 1 Malaysia and, as a result will repel voters from supporting the BN coalition. Controversial statements like Azhar’s should altogether be avoided by politicians lest we lose the support of the people,” said the MCA central committee member.

Loh also rebuked Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for criticising the police.

He said that investigations into the shooting of Aminulrasyid Amzah should be left to the police to be executed “without any interruption or interference from external factors.”

“Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will do well to avoid making bold statements as well. He should avoid criticising the police until the investigations are completed. He should let the course of justice take its normal flow without any interruption or interference from external factors. The formation of the special panel will ensure that transparency is upheld as it consists of members of the public as well as police officers,” said Loh.

It is understood that Azhar will be referred to the assembly’s Rights and Privileges Committee.

Speaker Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain, who had instructed Azhar to retract his statement, later approved the motion to refer the opposition leader to the committee.


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