This morning some 30 Perkasa members held a protest and conducted funeral rites for Lim before holding another noisy gathering in Komtar.
GEORGE TOWN: A local Gerakan politician has warned Barisan Nasional that Perkasaâs political frolics would cost the coalition massive vote loss, especially among non-Malays, in the next general election.
Given the general perception that Perkasa is a ‘subsidiary’ of Umno, Baljit Singh warned that other BN component parties would suffer politically as they are seen as “guilty by association” with Umno.
âComponent parties like Gerakan, MIC and MCA are going to be the innocent victims.
âThese parties will pay a heavy price for Perkasa antics. The voters will punish component parties for being associated with Umno. Malaysians are sick and tired of this gutter politics,â he said.
The Penang Gerakan legal and human rights bureau head said Perkasa and other alleged Umno-linked groups, such as the Mamak group, were fast becoming sources of embarrassment for BN.
âThese groups definitely are going overboard with their political dramas,â he said.
He was commenting on Perkasa’s latest political folly which involved the “funeral rites” for Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at his residence in Jalan Pinhorn here this morning.
Previously these groups had carried out a ‘coffin protest’ against Limâs political secretary and Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik.
They also held an anti-Bersih riot in the city last July, and caused chaos and showed up their footwear at Lim during a peaceful anti-Lynas gathering in February.
They also roughed up newsmen in both incidents.
The groups also presented a âpoopâ shaped cake to Lim during the chief ministerâs 51st birthday last Dec.
They alleged that Lim had incited racial tension among ethnic Malays and ethnic Indians, in obvious reference to Limâs remarks in the State Legislative Assembly early this week that âI feel all Hindu temples are in danger if Umno returns to powerâ
The group led by Penang Perkasa chief Mohd Ridzuad Azudin placed a garlanded portrait of Lim and pasted his posters with swastika logos on the gate of the residence during the 10.25am demonstration.
They also chanted anti-Lim slogans and threw rolled-up posters into the porch and on the road.
Mohd Rizuad slammed Lim for stoking racial tension by claiming that Umno would pose a threat to Hindu temples if it ruled Penang.
He said Lim has always been busy politicking and never had time for peopleâs issues.
A group of policemen who arrived at Limâs residence, secured the premise and the exterior, but made no arrests.
After the 10-minute protest, the Perkasa members proceeded on their motorcycles to Komtar and continued to strew Limâs posters along their way.
At Komtar, the group repeated their funeral rites for Lim, by flanking two flowerpots and garlanding Limâs portrait as a symbol of his death.
Mohd Rizuad said the funeral rites were Perkasa’s way of telling to the people that Lim was dead for failing to comply with the Malay supremacist organisationâs previous seven-point memorandum.
‘Who wants to meet with samsengs?’
âIf my personal safety is not guaranteed anymore, what more that of my family?
âThey are not decision-makers of the state so why target them?
âIf my five-year-old son was at home, he would have been scared.
âThese are the same people who were involved with the assault on pressmen during the Anti-Lynas Himpunan Hijau rally in Padang Kota.
âI am afraid of their violent attitude,â said a visibly upset Lim.
Asked if he would meet with them, he said: âWho wants to meet with `samsengâ (gangsters)? When you want to talk civilly with them, they rather yell and utter vulgar words.
âThey believe in violence and racism. I cannot talk to such people. Let the people make their deductions about their characteristics,â said Lim, adding that action should be taken for littering.