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Karpal: DAP must decide on Ramasamy’s case soon

 | February 18, 2012

DAP Sungkai's assemblyman A Sivanesan has rubbished claims that he had taken several individuals to meet P Ramasamy before the disciplinary hearing.

GEORGE TOWN: The DAP should decide on P Ramasamy’s disciplinary case soon in view of the fast approaching general election, said national chairman Karpal Singh.

He said the party should resolve all outstanding issues including the Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Ramasamy’s case, so as to have have a clear sight in its preparations to face the next polls.

“We cannot afford to have issues bugging the party when facing the election.

“All must be cleared fast within the confines of the party before the election.

“Ramasamy’s case must be decided soon,” Karpal, told newsmen during his routine constituency here today.

Ramasamy, who is Batu Kawan MP and Prai assemblyman, is facing charges of gross internal misconduct for allegedly organising an unprecedented noisy protest against Karpal Singh during the Penang DAP annual convention in Prai on Sunday Dec 11 last year.

But Ramasamy, the DAP deputy secretary-general and state deputy chairman, has denied the charge.

Last Thursday, 15 DAP members, including assemblymen RSN Rayer (Seri Delima) and A Tanasekharan (Bagan Dalam), testified before the DAP disciplinary committee against Ramasamy.

The hearing was conducted by three-man inquiry team headed by disciplinary committee chairman Tan Kok Wai. Others included Ipoh Barat MP and Penang state exco Lim Hock Seng.

Party leaders, political observers and media were shocked with the ugly December protest, in which Karpal, Rayer and Tanasekharan were abused and ridiculed by the pro-Ramasamy protestors.

Sivanesan denies claims

Several persons, who were said to have taken part in the December protest, were allegedly seen outside the party national headquarters in Kuala Lumpur during the disciplinary hearing.

Sources claimed that some individuals from the group had tried to intimidate the witnesses, including making obscene gestures and nasty remarks, while departing after the hearing.

Some witnesses claimed that earlier Perak’s Sungkai assemblyman A Sivanesan was seen escorting several individuals from this group to meet Ramasamy outside the disciplinary hearing room.

However, when contacted, Sivanesan rubbished such claims, saying that he was at the headquarters to testify only as a witness.

“I had to rush back to my office after the hearing.

“I never took anyone with me, nor had time to talk to anyone. Its utter rubbish,” Sivanesan told FMT.

Some witnesses said they would obtain video footage from the surveillance camera installed at the headquarters to prove their allegation on Sivanesan.

“Gangsterism ala MIC has crept into the party

“We have a duty to end it,” said the aggrieved party members.


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