INCIDENTS OF VIOLENCE…
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Teng slams Pakatan for violence, Anwar urges calm
Anwar Ibrahim says Pakatan stands against political violence in any form, and urged for a peaceful and orderly election.
GEORGE TOWN: The state Barisan Nasional has condemned its rivals for deploying violent tactics to disrupt the coalition campaign in this northern island-state.
Referring to last night’s explosion at a BN rally in Nibong Tebal, state chairman Teng Chang Yeow alleged that Pakatan Rakyat had resorted to violence now to disrupt the coalition’s election programmes and activities.
Anwar condemns explosions and arson
Pakatan Rakyat leader Anwar Ibrahim also condemned the attacks, saying that the timing of the explosions and location of these devices were highly suspicious and were clearly meant to create fear and provoke disorder.
“PKR and Pakatan Rakyat, categorically condemn the culprits who are responsible for these bombs, explosions and arson.
“We have nothing but contempt for those who would cynically endanger Malaysian lives.
“I appeal to all Malaysians, particularly those from Penang, to be vigilant, stay calm and not be swayed by rumours that may arise,” he said in a statement today.
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Petrol bombs hit BN ops centre
An unidentified explosive device went off at a BN ceramah in Penang last night, and early today two petrol bombs were hurled at a BN centre in Sekinchan.
SHAH ALAM: Unidentified people hurled two petrol bombs at the Barisan Nasional (BN) election operations room in Sekinchan near here early today, triggering a fire at the front portion of the building in Parit 9, Baroh, Sungai Leman, police said.
Selangor police election spokesman SAC Hasanuddin Hassan said the 4am fire destroyed some BN flags and banners.
The police found two glass bottles with petrol at the scene but there was no attempt to break into the building, he told a news conference at the Selangor police headquarters here.
Explosion in BN campaign: 2nd explosive device found
The police are saying the improvised explosive device was a work of a professional as it had a timer.
NIBONG TEBAL: An election campaign talk attended by about 3,000 people last night was marred by an explosion at the Nibong Tebal Barisan Nasional operations centre in Jawi, injuring a security guard, and causing panic among the people.
The explosion was believed to have triggered off at the rear area of a stage that was set up for campaign talks, situated next to the operations centre.
During the explosion at 10.15pm, about 3,000 people were gathered to listen to a political talk by Penang Gerakan chief Dr Teng Hock Nan.
“The key Umno branch leaders are involved and this is very sad. I hope Raja Nong Chik will do his bit as the Lembah Pantai Umno division chief: Control his boys! Play clean!” Nurul Izzah added.
Incumbent Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar has urged the police to take action against instances of political violence and intimidation targeting her and her campaign workers.
She said a police report has been lodged on each of these incidents that have taken place of late, and seven such reports have been lodged so far.
However, no action has be taken to date despite some of the alleged perpetrators being photographed and named in the reports.
Violent clashes over Gelang Patah: DAP lodges police report against Dr M
Written by DAP
DAP strongly urges the Police to conduct an immediate investigation into Dr. Mahathir’s “Gelang Patah” blog post before nominations day in order to send a strong & unequivocal statement that the politics of race baiting and the incitement of fear will not be tolerated during the 13th GE campaign.
A police report was made earlier this morning, 14th April, 2013, by Lim Lip Eng in his capacity as a member of the DAP Legal Bureau against Tun Dr Mahathir for his blog post entitled “Gelang Patah”. [Dr M warns of possible violent clashes if Kit Siang wins Gelang Patah]
The Police Report was made on the basis that (i) the allegations in this article was baseless and are of a defamatory nature against DAP parliamentary leader, Lim Kit Siang (ii) the article was written with ill intentions for the purpose of inciting the feelings of hatred and ill-will among the different races in Malaysia (iii) the police should investigate the writer of this article, Tun Dr. Mahathir, under Section 499 of the Penal Code, the 1948 Sedition Act and other appropriate laws which may have been broken.
We urge the police to undertake an immediate investigation into Dr. Mahathir’s blog post before nominations day on the 20th of April, 2013, in order to send a strong & unequivocal statement that the politics of race baiting and the incitement of fear will not be tolerated during the 13th GE campaign.
Lim Lip Eng, Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Tiew Wey Kheng
Click on the link for the full letter
POLITICAL VIOLENCE OF A NEAR-FATAL KIND!
Man pays heavy price for party loyalty
KUALA TERENGGANU, April 13 – A man who was in the midst of putting up a political party flag in Kemaman last night, paid a heavy price for party loyalty.
He was set upon by a group of youths armed with machetes, leaving him critically injured in the 11pm incident.
The victim, in his 40s, has been warded with slash wounds on the abdomen and back at the Sultan Ampuan Afzan Hospital.
A spokesman from the Terengganu police headquarters, Supt Koh Ah Tiam, said initial investigations revealed the attack was linked to a territorial dispute over the putting up of party flags in the area.
The victim was with four friends when the group confronted them. We are in the midst of tracking down 10 people, aged between 30 and 40, to facilitate investigations, he told reporters today.
Tiam said seven police reports had been lodged so far, pertaining to fights involving political parties.
However, he noted, last night’s incident was the first which involved the use of weapons to inflict injury. – Bernama
I AM SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT IPOH BARAT IS CLASSIFIED AS A ‘HOT’ AREA, THAT IS, AN AREA WHERE VIOLENCE COULD OCCUR!
Perak police to beef up security in ‘hot’ areas
They are Taiping, Kuala Kangsar, Sungai Siput, Ipoh Barat, Batu Gajah, Manjung, Hilir Perak and Tanjung Malim
IPOH: Perak police have identified eight sensitive ‘hot’ areas in the state which may be potential public disorders during the coming polls and have beefed up forces.
State police chief Mohd Shukri Dahlan said: “The eight areas are Taiping, Kuala Kangsar, Sungai Siput, Ipoh Barat, Batu Gajah, Manjung, Hilir Perak and Tanjung Malim.”
“The factors that may contribute to public disorder are when politicians harp on racial, religious and fanaticism and the involvement of secret societies (to disrupt the peace).”
As to how the police identified these areas, he said: “From past experiences in the general elections when politicians tend to be aggressive and challenge each other and also the feedback (from the ground) that we have received (from the Special Branch).”
IS THIS WHY IPOH BARAT IS CONSIDERED A ‘HOT’ SPOT?
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Samy Vellu to contest Ipoh Barat parliament seat?
Media statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh 3rd April 2013.
I welcome former MIC President Datuk Samy Vellu to contest in Ipoh Barat
Today, all over Ipoh, banners have been put up with words written on them as follows “Kami mahu Dato Seri S.Samy Vellu sebagai calon BN di P.65 Ipoh Barat “we want Dato’ Seri Utama S.Samy Vellu as BN Candidate in P.65 Ipoh Bara
The words in the banners amuse me.
I am very glad to agree for Dato Seri Samy Vellu to contest in Ipoh Barat. In fact I am even willing to show him around my constituency if he is coming to Ipoh Barat.
I will be most glad to show Samy Vellu the many issues he can assist 1) squatters 2) landless situation 3) the need for a Chinese school to be build in Bercham 4) The need for inner city flats and low cost housing for the lower income group 5) the need to upgrade Sg. Pari flats and Waller Court Flats 6) the need to arrest the ever increasing crime rate etc
Ipoh Barat has one of the largest numbers of Indian voters in the county. Presently, nearly 25% or 1 in 4 voters in Ipoh Barat are Indians. Thus it is not surprising to see these banners urging Samy Vellu to take me on.
It is possible that Samy Vellu’s supporters could be behind the banners. Samy’s supporters are many in MIC and it is not a surprise that they want him to make a comeback. And one way for him will be to contest in the coming elections.
The banners message could well be a way to remind the public on the possibility of Samy contesting in the coming general election as he was only recently appointed a coordinator of Sg. Siput seat. As Devamany has been slotted to contest in Sg. Siput, thus Samy’s supporters want him to contest Ipoh Barat as Samy knows the area quite well.
Another possibility of the intended message of these banners could be to prevent me from leaving Ipoh Barat to contest in Segamat, Johore.
May be supporters of Human Resources Minister Datuk Subramanim don’t want me to go and contest in Segamat as I have said I am most ready to go anywhere in the country to contest under the DAP banner if I am so asked by my party to do so following speculation that I may be asked to contest in Johore.
It was only a few days ago that I had visited Segamat together with DAP Parliamentary leader Sdr Lim Kit Siang.
Whatever could be the possibility, Samy Vellu is most welcome to contest in Ipoh Barat.
Political violence at GE 13? It started BEFORE, so it would not be strange to expect political violence to continue, especially when certain leaders are seen to condone it, or even encourage it.
AN UMBRELLA AND A CAMERA ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU.
The umbrella is for protection againts ‘missiles’ thrown at you. The camera is to take shots of the people doing it.
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein have been named as top candidates of Bersih’s name-and-shame campaign for appearing to condone political violence.
The pro-electoral reform coalition took issue with Zahid’s tweet yesterday saying, “We shall move to the warzone to kill all adverse political intruders”.
They are also unhappy with Hishammuddin for failing to condemn BN Youth supporters in Gombak who shouted, “Chop off his (PKR vice-president Tian Chua’s) head” in his presence during a function on March 24.
However, the Bersih steering committee told reporters at a press conference today that they would first form an independent committee to handle the blacklisting in the coming weeks, and give both Zahid and Hishammuddin (below) the right of reply before blacklisting them.
The blacklist is part of Bersih’s campaign to ensure that participants in the upcoming general election would adhere to its election and caretaker government code of conduct, both of which were launched today.
“A name that has gone on the blacklist doesn’t have to stay there. The person concerned can come back and explain or rectify the situation.
“I think this would make this campaign much, much more pleasant for everyone, especially for the people,” said Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan.
How irresponsible could Hisham be? The man blames the Opposition for inciting political violence.
He is now the one inciting violence.
1,000 party youth supporters responded to Hisham with loud shouts of “Kill Tian Chua”.
Hisham must condemn ‘Kill Tian Chua’ threat, says Ambiga
By Boo Su-Lyn
March 25, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 — Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan has urged Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein to censure Umno supporters for threatening to kill PKR’s Chua Tian Chang, or risk being blacklisted by polls watchdog Bersih 2.0 for condoning political violence.
Party workers shouted “Kill Tian Chua” when the Umno vice-president urged them to rally behind Barisan Nasional (BN) and “eliminate traitors” like PKR vice-president Chua, better known as Tian Chua, whose allies in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) have been accused of instigating the Sulu invasion of Sabah.