PETALING JAYA, 18 Dec: PKR has urged the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to urgently act in addressing the culture of political thuggery which is becoming more widespread in this country.
Even the Perak PKR Chairman, Dr Muhammad Nor Manuty said that the attitude of the relevant authorities who seem to be ‘silent’ in relation to the issue of the attack on the PKR People’s Independence Tour shows police injustice towards the Pakatan Rakyat coalition as no action has been taken although several reports have been made regarding the issue.
He explained that the latest incident was last Sunday when the bus was attacked by stones and catapults, breaking the rear mirror of the bus as it was travelling on the North-South Expressway to the Tapah PKR Deepavali celebration and the Perak stage of the People’s Uprising Assembly which involved PKR Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“This event was the fourth to happen and we have made police reports asking the Head of the Tapah Police Station to take action and they promised to act but it is understood that till now, nothing has been done by PDRM.
“We wish to express our regret that in a democratic country that has been proclaimed by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and other Umno-BN leaders, political violence is still rampant without being controlled by the police who should be neutral.
“So far, there has been no progress regarding the reported incident, including those that have happened in the past such as the splashing of paint in Kelantan and Kedah as well as stone throwing in Johor and Malacca,” he said in a media conference here at the PKR headquarters today.
Also present was the PKR Consumer Bureau Chief, Mohd Yahya Mat Sahri.
Muhammad Nor Manuty who is also the PKR Information Chief, said that the police have to act quickly by conducting investigations to stop any terrorism acts against political parties, especially against PKR, that has recently become the target of attacks.
In addition, the incident has given a bad impression that the practice of democracy in Malaysia is not returning to a good direction, but it remains in a worrying state.
“This thug culture phenomenon is becoming more common in our country now. As was the case in Gombak last week and I saw that this indecent was a seriously bloody incident that could have negative effects to national security in the future.
“The government, particularly the leadership of Umno-BN, have to deliver what they have guaranteed to the people, which is that they want the people to live in peace,” he said.
He said that what has been happening lately is Umno-BN’s act of desperation because the people have been giving indication that they want change in the leadership of the country to happen and are looking forward as to when the 13th General Elections (GE-13) will be held.