Sunday, March 4, 2012

Perkasa mob ticked off for ‘un-Malay-like’ behaviour | Free Malaysia Today

Perkasa mob ticked off for ‘un-Malay-like’ behaviour

Athi Shankar | March 3, 2012-FMT

PMC secretary Mohd Noor Mohd Abdul Kader also condemned Penang Perkasa leader Mohd Rizuad Mohd Azudin for rudely showing a shoe to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Malays Congress (PMC) today hit out at Perkasa members for causing the ugly Esplanade ruckus during the anti-Lynas peaceful gathering on Sunday.

PMC secretary Mohd Noor Mohd Abdul Kader also condemned Penang Perkasa leader Mohd Rizuad Mohd Azudin for rudely showing a shoe to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng when the DAP leader was leaving the place in his official car.

Mohd Noor criticised the Perkasa mob for being “un-Malay-like” in creating the disturbance at the peaceful gathering, in which two reporters were roughed up.

“Perkasa has embarrassed the Malays and insulted the intelligence of a civil society with its mob culture.

“The crowd was rude and vulgar,” Mohd Noor told FMT here today.

He said he was ashamed at the ill-mannered behaviour of Mohd Rizuad, who was seen by many – and caught on cameras and videos – showing a shoe to the chief minister.

“It’s against Malay culture and custom. Malays are disgusted with Rizuad’s loutish gesture.”

“Umno should blame Rizuad if it loses more votes and seats in Penang in next general election,” he added.

Early this week, Rizuad has said he showed his shoe to Lim to express his unhappiness with the state government.

He also tried to blame Lim for causing the Esplanade ruckus.

He claimed he was upset when Lim condemned Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his 1Malaysia concept in his address to the anti-Lynas crowd.

In the ugly incident, two newsmen from Kwong Wah Daily were roughed up by the mob.

Besides Perkasa members, state Youth chief Shaik Hussein Mydin has confirmed that the mob included members from the Umno Tanjung division.

Near-riot scenes

While Umno and Perkasa tried to blame Guan Eng for provoking the near-riot scenes, the DAP, social activists, civil society groups and anti-Lynas supporters are all pointing their fingers at Umno and Perkasa thugs.

State police chief deputy commissioner Ayub Yaacob has expressed disappointment that the police were not informed of the gathering.

PMC, however, ticked off Ayub for trying to justify police slackness in handling the commotion.

Mohd Noor said the police have a duty to restore calm and order despite not been notified about the gathering.

He urged the police to investigate and nab all culprits responsible for the disturbance.

Guang Eng has already lodged a police report on the incident.

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