Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kula: Yammy's Perkasa ties 'much ado about very little'

11:43AM May 27, 2014 by Terence Netto ( Malaysiakini )

Kula: Yammy's Perkasa ties 'much ado about very little'

TELUK INTAN DAP national vice-chairperson M Kulasegaran pooh-poohed the notion that Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud’s mother’s membership of Perkasa somehow invalidates her daughter’s credential as DAP’s candidate in the Teluk Intan by-election.

Calling the continuing hubbub over Yammy Samat’s (left) membership of Umno and subsequently of Malay right wing group Perkasa “much ado about very little”, the MP for Ipoh Barat said: “My parents were members of MIC until their deaths but all nine of their children are either DAP members or supporters.”

“In fact, my father V Murugesan was an MIC division leader but he told me before he died three years ago that he had voted for the opposition in the 2008 general election,” revealed the three-term parliamentarian.

Kulasegaran noted that politics in Malaysia is in a state of flux and concerned citizens were apt to “shift, modify and change their opinions as new revelations and facts are unveiled and play upon their minds”.

“The disclosures about Dyana’s mum serve only to show that she does not have the fixed mindset of some opinion leaders in Malaysian society who will deny or falsify the facts to bolster their unsustainable positions,” he said.

News that Yammy Samat is or was a member of Perkasa, he added, would be “very bad news for people of that mindset because it shows that ordinary persons could be enticed to join Malay rights groups but could not be induced to stay if they discovered that that group’s opinions don’t hold water any more.”

Yesterday, Kulasegaran (right in photo) led a DAP team to lodge a report on alleged violations of the Election Offences Act 1954 supposedly committed by groups allied to BN and by Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The report cited the giving of hampers, valued at about RM150, to voters residing in the Nova Scotia Estate in Teluk Intan by groups said to be allied to BN.

The report also cited the remarks of Zahid at a public gathering at which he pledged funding for new uniforms for 8,639 Rela personnel believed to be voters in the same constituency.

Kulasegaran’s report claimed that both episodes constituted offences within the ambit and meaning of the 1954 Act.

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