Friday, May 23, 2014

UMNO Fury Over "Celaka" Label















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On Thursday, a disgruntled group of 30 – consisting of UMNO Youth members and local NGOs – stormed the Penang legislative assembly building in Georgetown, Penang demanding to see Seri Delima state assemblyperson DAP’s RSN Rayer. A dozen goons spearheaded by state UMNO Youth deputy chief Jasmin Noordin marched into the august House, shouting and kicking at the state and national flags and disrupting an on-going session of the Penang state legislative assembly.
 
It was said to have started because Rayer had uttered the words “celaka UMNO” (“accursed UMNO” in English although it can also be used colloquially to express disgust) during the state assembly proceedings on Tuesday when he cited an incident at a rally in Seberang Jaya, Penang on January 18, 2014 where demonstrators held a banner which read “Because of DAP leaders’ mouth, May 13, 1969 happened... Want some more?”
 
The said protest was organized by Malay NGOs that were unhappy with Machang Bubuk assemblyperson Lee Khai Loon for his "I love Kangkung" flashmob.
 
On this shameful incident yesterday, PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu said the police had slept on the job because they had failed to prevent the trespass. He is right! Police have no qualms detaining protestors taking part in peaceful assemblies but in this case, because it is UMNO-organized, the police showed a hands-off attitude.
 
Rayer was not present in the legislative assembly and after the mob had vacated the premise, they continued demonstrating outside, shouting for him to apologize while promising to hunt him down.
 
Accursed UMNO don’t like others to call them "celaka" but by their actions yesterday, they have indeed proven themselves to be really “celaka”! Some may even say these hoodlums are far more worse than “celaka”.
 
Since this is an UMNO mob, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Shahidan Kassim joined in the fray and demanded that Rayer be investigated under the Sedition Act. The former said the latter’s act was not only against the law but was also an insult to Malays in general.
 
Yawn! The usual refrain from UMNO that any attack against UMNO is an attack against the Malays.
 
Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng voiced regret over the incident, which he said was an attack against the country’s democratic system and a direct threat to the life of a state assemblyperson.
 
Even Penang MCA deputy chief Tan Teik Cheng called the UMNO stunt “rude and disgusting”. "If UMNO wishes to regain the trust and good impression from the people, please educate their members first!" Tan was quoted saying by Malaysiakini.

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