Penang PKR chief Mansor Othman today warned that Malay rights pressure group Perkasa has issued a death threat on Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, and urged the police to take immediate action.
Mansor (left ) said when the act of protesting at Lim’s personal residence included a garlanded framed photograph of him, it meant that Perkasa has issued a threat that says “you are finished, you are dead”.
In the rally, Perkasa state Youth chief Risuan Asuddin, who led a group of 30 youths on motorcycles, said Lim was already “dead” to the Malays as he had failed to resolve their plight since he took office in 2008.
Mansor, who is deputy chief minister I, viewed the action gravely because it symbolises death, and should not be taken lightly by the authorities, who until now have yet to respond to the matter.
“It is not that I do not respect the Indian culture (of garlanding a wreath on photographs at funerals) but this is a death threat. Is this what Perkasa wants? How could we allow this political game to go on?” he queried at a press conference today.
“The authorities must take immediate action on the culprits. The police and security personnel were there at the scene, why did they allow this to happen?” he asked.
‘Perkasa against a clean Penang’
Mansor also expressed “regret and sadness” that the incident had taken place at Lim’s personal residence.
He urged Perkasa protesters to bring their plight to the state government offices and not to Lim’s home.
Mansor castigated the protesters for dirtying the streets by throwing posters of Lim with the words “Guan Eng is anti-Malay” while they were on their journey to Komtar, to hold a second protest.
He describe the act as the group’s way of condemning and sabotaging the state’s ‘Cleaner, Greener Penang’ policy.
Meanwhile, state PAS commissioner Salleh Man said the incident was “shocking but irrelevant” to the current political scenario.
He urged the protesters to stop their antics immediately as they had created a bad impression of the Malay Muslims in Penang.
“Such actions can create hatred among Penangites and Perkasa has actually tarnished their own image. It can lead to racial sentiments and there may be reactions,” he said in the same press conference.
“However, it seems that they have run out of capital to find ways to get the attention of the state government to look into their demands,” he added.
He expressed strong support for the leadership of Lim, and pledged that PAS would continue to work with the chief minister to administer Penang and resolve the plight of the community.
‘State has responded to Perkasa’
It is learnt that Pakatan Rakyat is planning to lodge a police report, and that Lim had spoken to the state police chief Ayub Yaacob about the matter.
The Pakatan leaders were then asked if Perkasa’s action was justified as they had previously protested at Komtar but had yet to obtain any response from the state.
State PKR veep Abdul Malik Abul Kassim ( right ) said the state had responded to the issues like the alleged disappearance of mosque land in Bayan Mutiara and the dangers of solar panel plants in Batu Kawan.
He added that these issues were explained and clarified in various press conferences, flyers , and the state’s bi-monthly publication Buletin Mutiara .
He stressed that whenever the group protested at Komtar and later sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister’s Office, a representative would always meet with them to receive their documents.
“But we cannot respond to this kind of gutter politics. Should we entertain this kind of rowdy crowd that threatens the CM’s life?” asked Abdul Malik, who is also a state executive councillor.
“These are the same people who attacked a peaceful (anti-Lynas) rally at the Esplanade on Feb 26. The person who led the protest was the same man who pointed a shoe at Lim on that day,” he added.
“They have organised other rallies before but we allowed them as we believe in freedom of assembly but a death threat, like sending people bullets, is very serious,” he stressed.
State PKR deputy chief Law Choo Kiang said that the BN coalition, which is silent on Perkasa’s action, should also be asked about their stand in this matter.
He added that the BN component parties such as Umno, Gerakan, MCA and MIC should be challenged as to whether they would still continue their close relationship with Perkasa.
“If the police can issue arrest warrants on Bersih 3.0 protesters, why not these individuals who have time and again created chaos in Penang?” he queried.
“It also seems that Perkasa has yet to learn about the multicultural nature of Malaysians. During Chinese New Year, they offered people white pows (cash tokens during funerals) and now this,” he added.