If DAP plays with fire they must expect to get burned

(Malaysiakini) – A DAP MP today condemned the actions of several men believed to be supporters of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, who scuffled with DAP Youth members who were protesting against Najib in Penang yesterday.

Kuching MP Kelvin Yii in a statement said that such an act was uncalled for especially against a peaceful protest.

“I strongly condemn the violence against those who only wanted to voice their opinion peacefully.

“Such an act should not have happened and this is part of an old-style of politics that we are trying to change for the betterment of the country,” said Yii, who is also the DAP Youth chief.

His statement was in response to an incident in Bukit Mertajam when a group of individuals gathered at a food court to protest against Najib, who was scheduled to attend an event there.

The group was confronted by three men wearing ‘Bossku’ T-shirts who scolded them. These supporters also stopped the protesters from speaking to the media and took away banners that they had brought to the demonstration.

Protester pushed

A footage that was provided by DAP Youth yesterday showed one of the protesters being pushed by the men, who are said to be Najib supporters.

It was learned that Bukit Mertajam DAP Youth central committee member Lim Zheng Han has lodged a police report on the incident.

In his report sighted by Malaysiakini, Zheng Han said the protesters were assaulted and had their belongings taken away and destroyed by the event organiser.

Yii in his statement said that DAP Youth members were protesting against Najib being treated like a VIP when he has already been convicted with criminal charges by the court.

“This is something that we should not accept or even forgive, especially involving a national leader who has been convicted of corruption.

“Thus, the rakyat has the right to show their protest to protect the country’s morality,” he said.

Distance himself

Meanwhile, DAP Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng in a separate statement criticised Najib’s remarks at another event in Penang yesterday, where the Umno leader tried to distance himself from a newspaper headline in 2013 where Najib reportedly said ‘Apa lagi Cina Mahu?’ (What more do the Chinese want?)

Lim questioned why Najib only tried to deny that he said the phrase now and further accused DAP of using it as their propaganda tool.

He pointed out that the headline was published by Utusan Malaysia, a publication linked to Umno.

“It is bizarre for anyone to bring up a headline of a newspaper after nearly one decade and why does it have anything to do with the DAP when it was Utusan Malaysia, the propaganda machine owned by Umno.

“Being a prime minister before his disgraceful downfall in the 2018 general election, he could have instructed the various government-owned news agencies and the Umno’s mouthpiece, Utusan Malaysia to deny that he ever uttered “apa lagi Cina mahu?” as how he denied looting billions of ringgit from the 1MDB fund.

“Why didn’t he make any effort to do that? Why wait until yesterday, almost a decade later? I would like to tell Najib that his hopeless denial is a decade too late, and if he had any credibility, he should have made the denial immediately back in 2013,” Lim said in his statement.

Lim said he believed that Najib came up with the denial now only because the 15th general election is drawing closer.