Coffin with Tian Chua’s Photo Found at PKR Headquarters 

The Choice 

Friday and Saturday, angry crowds showed up to shout insults and wave protest banners as Parti Keadilan Rakyat Vice President Tian Chua made pit stops along his national tour to explain his alleged, controversial statements about the Lahad Datu intrusion.

The capper on the series of incidents occurred in the predawn hours of Saturday morning, when a coffin-like box was placed outside the entrance to the state PKR headquarters in Bukit Piatu.

The ‘coffin’ covered in black cloth was made from polystyrene. A framed photo of Tian Chua was placed on top, along with a garland of flowers. Completing the macabre image, red specks to resemble blood were sprinkled about the display.

Those placing the ‘coffin’ are assumed to be very dissatisfied with Chua’s alleged speculation that implied Umno somehow had something to gain from the Lahad Datu intrusion.

The alleged comments, reported by PKR organ Keadilan Daily while the government was in the midst of trying to settle the touchy situation with a minimum loss of life through negotiations, didn’t win him many fans.

However, the ‘coffin’ takes dissatisfaction to a new level – one that is illegal. The police have opened an investigation paper on the case under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation, as the ‘coffin’ could be interpreted as a threat to the PKR vice president’s life.

This act is not merely illegal, it is simply wrong, and unbecoming in a mature democracy.

The highly-visible PKR officer and MP is starting to feel the wrath of those he allegedly insulted with his seditious words. On Friday, police were called when Chua received a hostile reception at a rally in Kedah. Around 40 people gathered prior to his arrival, carrying banners and shouting when the PKR vice president arrived to explain his alleged, controversial comments.

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