Saturday, July 2, 2011

Press Conference by Penang Gerakan Vice-Chairman Ong Thean Lye

Press Conference by Penang Gerakan Vice-Chairman Ong Thean Lye

Penang Gerakan condemns the series of political violence and barbaric political activities currently taking place in the country.

We detest such a political campaign which intimidates the people, threatens their safety, cause
hardship and loss of income. We are strongly against such uncivilized violent acts which do not bode well for Malaysian politics.

Any issue, whether national, state or political, can be resolved through peaceful and lawful means. Barbaric and violent acts will only bring instability.

We urge the police to intensify their investigation so that the culprits involved will face the justice of law. The police should also increase their vigilance to prevent similar incidents from repeating.

We refer to the following incidents that took place in the past few days.

Splashing of green paint at the roller shutter at the service centre of Ng Wei Aik (Komtar
Assemblyman);
Posters defaming Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng;
Splashing of green paint at the house of Chong Eng, MP for Bukit Mertajam;
Splashing of yellow paint at Umno Cheras and Bandar Tun Razak branch premises;
Disrupting and harassing a civil society group from submitting a memorandum to the police
seeking the immediate release of 30 PSM members outside the police headquarters in
Penang Road.

During the press conference, all the Penang Gerakan leaders present wore purple ribbon. Purple
ribbon symbolizes anti-violence. This is a campaign launched by Penang Gerakan on July 15, 2009, to protest against political violence and threats.

Together with Ong Thean Lye in the press conference are Dr Lim Boon Han (vice-chairman), Goh
Kheng Sneah (secretary), Ng Siew Lai (wanita chief), Oh Tong Keong (youth chief), Dr Thor Teong Gee (Publicity, Information and Communication Bureau Chief) and Teoh Hang Chong (Coordinator for Air Itam).
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