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Perkasa denies hand in explosions

 | January 10, 2012

Perkasa says its small group of members had left long before the explosions went off.

PETALING JAYA: Perkasa has denied any involvement in the three explosions at the Jalan Duta Court Complex yesterday morning. The Malay right-wing group hit back at its accusers saying that none of its members were even in the vicinity when the explosions took place.

The explosions, which left five people injured and damaged a number of vehicles, went off shortly after Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted from his second sodomy charge.

Police are conducting investigations into the matter and have cautioned the public against speculating on the “irresponsible parties”.

But PKR Youth chief, Shamsul Iskandar Akin,has hinted at suspicions against Perkasa whose members had gathered in a counter rally at the nearby Federal Territory mosque. Perkasa has made no secret of its long-standing animosity towards Anwar.

Shamsul yesterday noted that Perkasa hadn’t issued a denial on its involvement in the explosions and demanded that it come clean on the matter.

“For sure it is not us,” Perkasa secretary general, Syed Hassan Syed Ali, told FMT. “There were no Perkasa members around the area at that time, so couldn’t have been us.”

Syed Hassan said that he had arrived at 7.30am but left before the verdict was announced. According to him only 10-12 Perkasa members turned up for the counter rally and they left by 9.30am.

“Two other groups – Pekida and Permas – were also present there but fingers are being pointed at Perkasa because we are more dangerous to the opposition,” he concluded. “I can tell you now that we were not involved but let the police investigate the matter.


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