The state BN chief says the Mat Rempits did not receive any directives from BN to disrupt the Bukit Gelugor DAP rally.
State chairman Teng Chang Yeow denied that the Mat Rempits acted in such hostile and violent manner under the directives of BN or any of its component parties.
He said one cannot conclude that the Mat Rempits were sponsored by BN or its component parties merely because they were wearing T-shirts in support of BN.
He said anyone could have obtained the T-shirts as BN had been freely distributing them to party election workers.
“We have no control over them. I categorically deny BN or any component parties of any links of this group.
“Our probe showed that they have nothing to do with us. BN did not give any directives to them to campaign with violent acts,” he told a press conference at BN state office here today.
He said BN would always advocate a violent-free election.
He said BN had issued directives to its campaign workers to always maintain their discipline even under provocation by rival supporters.
“We condemn such act of violence. We want a non-violent campaign,” said Teng.
On Wednesday night, a DAP ceramah in Bukit Gelugor was disrupted by some 50 Mat Rempits who were wearing 1Malaysia T-shirts.
They jeered and revved their motorcycle engines loudly when they passed and stopped by the area to disrupt the DAP’s election talk in Kampung Sungai Gelugor.
A photographer from China Press KW Sin, 25 was also assaulted by a motorcyclist, apparently for snapping photos of the ’1Malaysia’ Mat Rempits.
Police are investigating the case.
Damaging BN’s chances
Meanwhile, the police have detained two suspects, in their 30’s, in connection with the explosion that marred a BN rally in Nibong Tebal on Tuesday.
Penang CPO Abdul Rahim Hanafi said that one suspect was detained in Nibong Tebal last night while another was arrested this morning. He said police were now looking for another suspect.
The case is being investigated under Explosive Act 1957.
A security guard sustained serious injuries on his thigh in the explosion.
When asked on claims suggesting that BN could be behind the explosion in Nibong Tebal, Teng merely quipped: “Let the police investigate and reveal the truth.”
He suggested that it could also an act to sabotage BN. But he acknowledged that this would damage BN electoral prospects if any act of violence was found linked with the coalition or any of its component parties.
“I will talk to all BN component parties on this matter. We don’t want anyone in BN to have links with any act of violence. It would damage our chances,” Teng stressed.