‘Reason for Kluang bazaar fracas goes back 10 years’

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SUBANG JAYA: The Ramadan bazaar fracas in Kluang on Saturday can be traced to events that took place there 10 years ago, said an Umno deputy minister.

Razali Ibrahim, deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said it all started in 2007 when DAP had asked the traders in Kluang to shut down their business and move elsewhere.

“It is still in their (traders’) minds. That is why this happened in Kluang and not elsewhere.

“We cannot blame anyone. But if we provoke someone, then surely there will be a reaction,” he said at a buka puasa event here today.

He said the traders were still affected by DAP’s decision to close the business.

“Last time, they (DAP) asked the traders to close down the business and now they visit the area.

“That caused people to be angry.”

Razali said if someone does not allow a guest to come into their home, the guest has to respect that decision.

“You must respect. If people don’t allow you to come but you still decide to come in.”

The Muar MP said the pasar malam is run by Kluang Umno.

Razali was asked to comment on the incident last Saturday, where Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong and fellow Pakatan Harapan leaders were stopped from distributing dates at a Ramadan bazaar in Liew’s constituency.

In a two-minute video posted on Facebook, a group of youngsters were seen shouting and making intimidating gestures while attempting to stop Liew and DAP’s state assistant publicity secretary Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali from going into a certain part of the bazaar.

Both men and Kluang PPBM head Radzali Mohd Noor later lodged police reports.

Police have arrested two men for disturbing the peace at the Kluang Ramadan bazaar.

The investigations are being conducted under Section 324 of the Penal Code for causing hurt and Section 506 for criminal intimidation.

Razali also spoke on the recent Friday mob at a surau in Johor Bahru. A video went viral on social media showing a group of people confronting a driver for honking during Friday prayers at a surau in Austin Perdana, Johor

A group of people later confronted the driver, while kicking his vehicle, and hit him with a red traffic cone as others called for calm.

Razali said during Thaipusam celebrations at Batu Caves, people would tend to avoid the place as the traffic there would be heavy.

“That is yearly. I respect the Hindu celebration there. If you go there, you know that the traffic will be heavy.

“This (prayer) is every Friday. If we respect each other, problem solved.

“If you provoke someone, they will retaliate and it will be a problem.

“For a fight to start in Malaysia is easy. There are different races and religions,” he said, adding that due to this, it was crucial to respect one another.