BN-Umno thugs attack police and PR supporters
Bloodshed during Pakatan ceramah in Malacca
In yet another incident of political violence, at least one Pakatan Rakyat supporter was injured at a ceramah last night in Bukit Katil, Malacca after it was disrupted by thugs said to be from Umno.
A photograph posted by Pakatan supporters on Facebook shows a man bleeding profusely from his head after being hit by a stone.
A statement issued by Bukit Katil PAS division identifies, the victim as Abdul Ghani Buang, 44, a resident of Kampung Bukit Lintang.
“I saw bottles thrown and I could avoid them, but I could not see the stone thrown, that's why it hit me,” Ghani was quoted as saying in the statement.
He also expressed regret that the police did nothing to stop the violence.
“They threw stones right in front of the police, but police just ignored this,” Ghani said.
Rasah parliamentarian Loke Siew Fook, who spoke during the ceramah, said Umno held a counter-ceramah at the same venue.
"I just arrived in Malacca for the PKR Bukit Katil ceramah with (Opposition Leader) Anwar Ibrahim. Thousands of people were there," the DAP leader tweeted late yesterday.
"Umno has a counter-ceramah nearby, which was attended by only a few hundred people. This is the action of those who fear losing (the general election). The rise of the rakyat to oust the BN regime will continue. They will not bow to Umno's intimidation," Loke said.
The windscreen of the PKR campaign bus was also shattered during the incident, it was claimed.
This is not the first time the campaign bus was stoned by assailants. It suffered damage in a number of other locations previously, including in Perak, Johor and Kelantan.
Riot police were brought in to restore peace, but they had a tough time controlling the intruders.
PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution is to call a press conference on the incident at the party headquarters in Petaling Jaya this morning.
On Sunday, another ceramah was disrupted by BN supporters in Teluk Intan, Perak.
MP M Manogaran had to be escorted out of the DAP ceramah venue by police after a group of intruders carrying BN flags, numbering around 40, gatecrashed the function and hurled abuses at Pakatan leaders.