Nurul Izzah: Minister of Home Affairs Should Ensure Political Violence Does Not Recur


KUALA LUMPUR, 1 Apr: Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein has to ensure that incidents of political violence which is rampant now will be stopped immediately.

This demand was voiced by Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament, Burul Izzah Anwar who often fall victim to political violence and if this is not constrained, it may stunt democracy development and efforts to create political maturity.

“I invite all parties contesting to protest against such political violence.

“We also urge for Datuk Hishamuddin Hussein to do all he can within his capacity as Home Minister to ensure such incidents do not recur.

“Those involved in incidents of violence, they must be brought to justice immediately,” she said in a press conference.

She added that the rampant political violence within the past few years should be firmly constrained before the upcoming 13th General Elections (GE-13).

According to records, the Lembah Pantai Parliament is describes as a ‘hot spot’ due to some interference by the Lembah Pantai Umno against the PKR Vice-President which is not only violence in the form of criminal intimidation but it also lacks political order.

Early March, Lembah Pantai Parliament office volunteers fell victim of intimidation when conducting a survey of electors in the surrounding residential area.

Furthermore, attacks again the young activist, Adam Adli, who was punched in Kerinchi in April 2012 while trying to calm families who were forced out by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) from the four-storey PKNS apartment.

The latest attack was targeted at the Chief of the Lembah Pantai Polling District Committee (JDM), Siti Mariam Mohd Aly and the Sentosa Utara Camp Chief, Sivaneswary Alamalai.

According to Siti, she went to the police station on 29 March to make a report and to identify the suspect.

Lately, she received a threat when she was on duty at the PKR tent however she has yet to make a police report.

“I went to identify (the suspect). The police have already confirmed that these gangs are gangs that sell drugs.

“They (the police) said that they have been looking for them for some time now but have yet to capture them.

“(The incident) near Sentosa when I was working at the tent, a Waja came and threatened us. We have yet to make a report on that incident yet,” said Siti.

The Lembah Pantai Parliament constituency have also been reminded about the ‘Bloody Night’ tragedy in May 2012 during a public talk when eggs and stones were thrown at the audience present causing injury to senior citizens and children.

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