ABU hands Memorandum to Suhakam over ceramah attack

(Malaysian Digest) – The Asalkan Bukan Umno (ABU) movement today handed over a memorandum to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) in protest against the attack at the movement’s gathering recently.

Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) chief, Badrul Hisham Shaharin said in the memorandum, ABU had urged that a special committee to be set up to investigate the incident so that the attackers who had used racial sentiments are punished according to the law.

The movement also called on authorities to investigate whether the police was involved in the attack as a video footage had shown one of the attackers talking to the police moments later after the attack.

Badrul, or better known as Chegu Bard, said the matter could have been worse if the Indian crowd had decided to retaliate by fighting back. Fortunately, everyone in the crowd had acted rationally by not retaliating against the attack.

“They want to add racial sentiments by trying to start a fight with the Indians,” Badrul said.

The memorandum was handed over to Suhakam commissioner Sha’ani Abdullah.

On Monday, a rowdy mob had gatecrashed a ceramah organized by ABU and Hindraf in Jalan Kebun in Klang, causing at least one person to suffer serious injury.

According to a report, the organizers said that one of the volunteers at the ceramah was badly assaulted and had to be rushed to the hospital.

The incident is said to have happened at about 9:15pm as the ceramah was about to start when some 20 attackers, waving sticks and helmets, rode their motorcycles into the ceramah hall and rammed into the participants and chairs.

Others who had followed on foot had allegedly ’caused havoc’ by tossing chairs, throwing away ABU brochures and hurling racist insults at participants, demanding for them to leave.