The victim says this is Umno’s way of fighting back as the opposition party makes inroads among Felda settlers.
“This must be the work of Umno, which resorts to such dirty and low class tactics because it does not understand the meaning of true democracy,” said R Tangam, the deputy chief of Rasah PKR, after he lodged a police report here.
The attack occurred early this morning. Tangam saw the splashes on his walls at 6.30am.
The house, in Bandar Baru Sendayan, is the regular venue of party activities for Rembau PKR, such as this evening’s ceramah on the rights of Felda settlers.
Tangam believes this morning’s attack is an attempt by Umno to create fear in him because of what he claims are “positive inroads” that PKR has made among Felda settlers in Sendayan.
“I strongly believe this is the work of Umno because of the timing of the attack,” he said. “Our ceramah tonight will focus solely on the rights of settlers at Felda Sendayan. We’ll also have a dialogue session with the children of the settlers to explain issues about the Felda management that their parents are not aware of.”
Tangam is a son of a settler in Sendayan.
He told FMT that he and his family had on many occasions received death threats through his mobile phone.
“I lodged a police report before, but until today I have not been updated on what action police has taken,” he said.
The secretary of Rembau PKR, Norazizi Abdul Aziz, said this evening’s programme at Tangam’s house would go on as scheduled.
“Umno is in a desperate situation and unable to debate with facts; so it tries to create fear,” he said. “They might have thought with this attack we may abandon our programme. We will go ahead.”
Among the figures expected to attend both the dialogue and ceramah sessions are the president of the National Felda Settlers’ Children’s Association, Mazlan Aliman; Rembau PKR chief Badrul Hisham Shaharin; Paroi state assemblymen Mohd Taufek Abdul Ghani and lawyer Wan Rohaimi Wan Daud.
Wan Rohaimi became famous last year for winning a case against the Felda management on behalf of 354 settlers in Kemahang. The court ordered Felda to pay the settlers a total of RM11 million for cheating them in the grading of their oil palm fruits.