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Pissing on flagpole: Witness clears Kit Siang

 | September 14, 2012

A May 13 bystander defended Lim Kit Siang, saying that there is no way the DAP leader could have provoked the racial riots.

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has come up with a bystander’s account of the May 13 incident to prove that he did not provoke the 1969 riots.

He was referring to a claim allegedly made by the creators of “Tanda Putera” that Lim had supposedly urinated on a flagpole bearing the Selangor flag on that day.

The flagpole was said to have been in the then Selangor menteri besar Harun Idris’s house, and the act supposedly was portrayed in the film.

Backed by Lim, property businessman Ahmad Habib, 64, told reporters today that it was impossible for Lim to have entered Harun’s house to commit this act.

He said the MB’s house was not only fully fenced, but was guarded; which would have made it difficult for Lim to enter the compound.

“If a person tried to do this then, he would have gotten arrested or killed,” he said, asking why this act was not reported 43 years ago.

Ahmad said that he was a Mara (Majlis Amanah Rakyat) student, who happened to be in the area by accident, when all hell broke loose that day.

He said that he and a few friends had taken refuge in a nearby house, before getting word that the police announced that they wanted to evacuate people in the area.

They were told that the Selangor MB’s house was a rendezvous point. Upon his arrival there, Ahmad was able to see what the compound was like for himself.

‘Not in KL then’

According to Lim, Ahmad first came to his attention after he commented on a Malaysiakini page, disputing claims that the DAP chief was there.

Lim also cited an account by then Umno Youth member Ahmad Mustapha Hassan, who said that there was no way Lim could have urinated on the flagpole.

In a Malaysian Insider report, Ahmad wrote: “The whole area was dominated by Umno Youth members and no non-Malay could enter the place.”

“It was impossible for Lim to be there and did what he was purportedly accused of. If he did, he would have been killed by the mob.”

Lim added that he was not even in Kuala Lumpur from May 11 to 13.

It was not known if the urinating scene was shown in the film. This had not stopped Lim from calling his lawyers over the matter, in an attempt to sue the film-makers.


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