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Stop the ‘cock and bull’ story, says DAP

 | July 20, 2012

Its leader Lim Kit Siang says reviving the terrorist and communist bogeys may set the stage for an operation against Pakatan.

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein should explain why they are scraping the bottom of the barrel by giving the green light to the Special Branch to go public with the “cock and bull” story that extremists and communists had infiltrated Pakatan Rakyat parties.

DAP Ipoh Timor MP Lim Kit Siang said the Special Branch’s allegation that Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorists and former communists were infiltrating the opposition pact, made up of PAS, DAP and PKR, and trying to be fielded as candidates in the coming general election, was laughable.

In a Bernama report yesterday, the Special Branch assistant director of the E2 (M) national social extremist threat division head, Mohd Sofian Md Makinuddin, claimed that JI elements were trying to infiltrate PAS while the communist elements were trying to infiltrate DAP.

“This claim would have been laughed off and dismissed as the most sick and top political joke of the year if not for the gravity of having such wild, scatter-brained and crackpot ideas influencing and determining policy-making at the highest government and security levels in the country.

“With the resurrection of the Islamist terrorist and communist bogeys infiltrating the Pakatan parties, is the stage being set for a special operation against the Pakatan parties to remove the democratic and legitimate threat posed by Pakatan to continued Umno-Barisan Nasional hold on federal power in the 13th general election?

“It is an open secret that Najib would have dissolved Parliament to hold general election before the start of the fasting month tomorrow if not for the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28, which placed Umno-BN in an even more adverse and disadvantageous position compounded by the most insensitive and high-handed government/police response which regarded salt and mineral water as capable of toppling the Umno-BN government!

Pre-emptive strike against Pakatan?

“Have the Umno-BN leaders become so desperate in the face of the democratic electoral challenge from Pakatan that they have to get the Special Branch to conjure up the latest scare, ‘cock and bull story’ of the JI and communists infiltrating Pakatan parties, in particular PAS and DAP, to prepare for an undemocratic pre-emptive strike against Pakatan?” Lim said in a statement.

The opposition veteran leader said the claim could also be an attempt by the Special Branch to justify its hogging of RM381 million or 6% of the 2012 police budget of RM6.3 billion when there is increasing demand that the police should be devoting more of its budget and resources to fighting crime and make Malaysia safe for Malaysians instead of just maintaining Umno-BN hold on power after 54 years.

“Is the Special Branch canard about JI terrorists and communists infiltrating Pakatan parties the latest example of such permissible ‘spin’ of lies and falsehoods against Pakatan, just like the earlier ‘spins’ of lies and falsehood about the DAP wanting to establish a Christian Malaysia and appoint a Christian prime minister as well as wanting to establish a republic by abolishing the constitutional monarchical system?

“I challenge Najib, Hishammuddin and Mohd Sofian of the Special Branch to identify the present DAP and Pakatan leaders, MPs and state assembly members who are either closet JI terrorists or communists or name names of those who have ‘infiltrated’ the Pakatan parties ‘trying to be fielded as candidates in the coming general election’”.

“If not, Sofian should withdraw and apologise for such a serious and baseless allegation or he should face disciplinary action and even be sacked for making a most irresponsible statement unbecoming of a public servant whose topmost priority must be to serve the nation and not the political party currently in power,” Lim added.


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