Grassroots leaders argue that the Tamil daily must be held accountable for embarrassing DAP, Ramasamy and Karpal Singh.
They also called on Ramasamy, the Penang Deputy Chief Minsiter II, to lodge a report immediately for the police to investigate Makkal Osai for criminal defamation.
Kota Alam Shah assemblyman M Manoharan, Pahang DAP deputy chief J Apalasamy, Tanjung parliamentary division DAPSY vice-chairman S Sukumar, branch chairmen G Asoghan (Bagan Luar) and K Gunabalan (Jalan Tembikai) declared their full support to Ramasamy to initiate the legal proceedings.
The five said Ramasamy should emulate his boss, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng successful suit against Utusan Malaysia, by initiating civil court proceedings against Makkal Osai.
They were referring to the Makkal Osai’s retraction on Wednesday Dec 14 against its own Nov 28 report of Ramasamy’s premature announcement on party candidature.
“This is wrong (news). We would like to bring to the attention of DAP leadership that Ramasamy never provided such a news to our daily”, wrote the editor of Makkal Osai in the retraction note.
The five argued that although Makkal Osai retraction was 15 days too late because the damage was already done.”
“The retraction is only a damage control. Makkal Osai has already committed a crime here,” they pointed out.
The five said Makkal Osai false report on Nov 28 had caused an internal ruckus, friction among leaders, tarnished the image and caused irreparable damage to the party.
They said Makkal Osai must be held accountable for embarrassing DAP, Ramasamy and party national chairman Karpal Singh.
In its Nov 28 article, Makkal Osai quoted Ramasamy to have announced that DAP had decided to field three Indian women – D Kamache, P Kasturi (daughter of the late DAP stalwart P Patto), and an unknown lawyer from Penang, K Mangaleswari, in the next general election.
Ramasamy was also quoted as saying that parliamentarians M Kulasegaran (Ipoh Barat), Gobind Singh Deo (Puchong), Charles Santiago (Klang) and M Manogaran, and assemblymen A Sivanesan (Sungkai), A Sivasubramaniam (Buntong), V Sivakumar (Tronoh) and P Gunasekaren (Senawang) were virtually certain of their candidacies.
According to the article, Ramasamy allegedly announced that he will defend both his Prai state and Batu Kawan federal seat.
Seeking disciplinary action
The article caused DAP supremo Karpal Singh to tick off Ramasamy, the state DAP deputy chairman, for acting like a war lord.
In return, Ramasamy called on the party to get rid of godfathers as well, in apparent reference to Karpal.
Although Karpal and others have called on Ramasamy to openly apologise for his ‘godfather’ remark, he had refused to do so until today.
Chairman of Kuala Juru branch, which comes under Batu Kawan constituency, Tan Ah Huat has lodged a complaint against Ramasamy over the remark.
During the state party convention in Prai on Sunday Dec 11, some 100 people held a noisy demonstration in support of Ramasamy.
The CEC in an emergency meeting on Tuesday formed a three-man panel, comprising party secretary general Lim Guan Eng and, veteran leaders Lim Kit Siang and Dr Chen Man Hin to resolve the problem.
The panel claimed Makkal Osai retraction report had resolved the Karpal – Ramasamy spat.
However, Karpal has insisted that disciplinary action must be taken on those responsible for the demonstration at the convention.