KUALA LUMPUR: A PPBM Youth leader who was among those confronted by some 200 Umno Youth members today said the ruling party was rife with hooliganism that went against everything represented by Malay culture.
“Today, we have seen their hooligan behaviour which does not reflect the Malays at all,” PPBM Youth information chief Ashraf Mustaqim told reporters today amid a scuffle between his colleagues and members of Umno’s youth wing.
Ashraf said his party had only wanted to send an invitation to Umno president Najib Razak to attend an upcoming forum called “Nothing to Hide” which would feature PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Ashraf has since lodged a police report claiming he was assaulted by a member of the crowd, a charge denied by Umno Youth exco Armand Azhar, who said it was “merely pushing and shoving”.
“If they can’t take it, then they are ‘anak betina’ (wussies),” Armand told FMT, adding that at least three policemen had witnessed the incident.
He said the Umno Youth members were there to defend the party, and questioned why PPBM members “had come in a big group” to deliver their invitation to Najib.
Armand said instead of gathering at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), the PPBM Youth members had “invited” them to the nearby Sunway Putra Mall.
“In Malay culture, when you receive an invitation, you show up. When our dignity is being challenged, we have to stand up and accept it.”
The two groups clashed as Ashraf and his colleagues made their way from the mall to the PWTC.
A group of Umno Youth members then refused to allow them to leave the premises. A scuffle ensued, with police escorting away PPBM members to an unknown location.
Umno Youth members then made their way into the mall in search of PPBM Youth members.
Last week, Mahathir invited Najib to the “Nothing to Hide” forum, saying it would give the prime minister an opportunity to clear his name on many allegations including on the RM2.6 billion “donation”.
The event is named after a forum held on June 5, 2015, at the Umno headquarters, which was cancelled by police on security grounds, after Mahathir showed up.