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 Perkasa‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúComponent parties like Gerakan, MIC and MCA are going to be the innocent victims.
‚ÄúThese 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,‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúThese groups definitely are going overboard with their political dramas,‚ÄĚ 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 Lim‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėpoop‚Äô shaped cake to Lim during the chief minister‚Äôs 51st birthday last Dec.
They alleged that Lim had incited racial tension among ethnic Malays and ethnic Indians, in obvious reference to Lim‚Äôs remarks in the State Legislative Assembly early this week that ‚ÄúI feel all Hindu temples are in danger if Umno returns to power‚ÄĚ
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 people‚Äôs issues.
A group of policemen who arrived at Lim‚Äôs 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 Lim‚Äôs posters along their way.
At Komtar, the group repeated their funeral rites for Lim, by flanking two flowerpots and garlanding Lim‚Äôs 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 organisation‚Äôs previous seven-point memorandum.
‘Who wants to meet with samsengs?’
‚ÄúIf my personal safety is not guaranteed anymore, what more that of my family?
‚ÄúThey are not decision-makers of the state so why target them?
‚ÄúIf my five-year-old son was at home, he would have been scared.
‚ÄúThese are the same people who were involved with the assault on pressmen during the Anti-Lynas Himpunan Hijau rally in Padang Kota.
‚ÄúI am afraid of their violent attitude,‚ÄĚ said a visibly upset Lim.
Asked if he would meet with them, he said: ‚ÄúWho wants to meet with `samseng‚Äô (gangsters)? When you want to talk civilly with them, they rather yell and utter vulgar words.
‚ÄúThey believe in violence and racism. I cannot talk to such people. Let the people make their deductions about their characteristics,‚ÄĚ said Lim, adding that action should be taken for littering.