DAP: We don’t condone threats against Penanti rep

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KUALA LUMPUR: DAP does not condone any threats by its party supporters towards PKR assemblywoman Norlela Ariffin.

Penang DAP vice-chairman Zairil Khir Johari said while he was unaware of any threats made against the Penanti representative, the act of threatening was unacceptable.

However, he acknowledged that the party did not have control over messages sent by their supporters.

“Of course, we do not condone such an act of sending nasty messages,” the Bukit Bendera MP said when contacted by FMT.

Zairil was asked to comment on Norlela becoming the target of threats by DAP supporters following the recent arrest of Penang executive councillor Phee Boon Poh in relation to the Sungai Lembu illegal carbon filter processing factory.

Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh said he had no knowledge of the threats, but shared Zairil’s opinion.

“If it is true, it is something that cannot be condoned. It (threatening) is not a good thing.

“In any case, if it is true that she has been threatened, she should lodge a report,” he said when contacted.

Things came to a head following Norlela’s expose of the illegal factory, with many blaming her for Phee’s arrest by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Phee, 66, is being investigated for using his office or position for gratification under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.

Two other men involved in the case, a father and son aged 70 and 37, are the owners of the carbon filter factory which is alleged to have been operating illegally for more than 10 years.

If found guilty, Phee faces 20 years in jail and a fine of not less than five times the value of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Phee’s arrest on Friday followed a multi-agency operation carried out last Thursday at the factory in Bukit Mertajam, which was found to have flouted many federal regulations.

The Department of Environment (DoE) found that the factory did not have a proper air pollution control system. The factory was also said to be operating illegally on agriculture land in Sungai Lembu.

MACC, the immigration department, the DoE and the Inland Revenue Board jointly conducted the operation.

Besides the factory, the Seberang Perai Municipal Council’s licensing department was raided by MACC as well.

MACC says it is investigating two letters allegedly written by Phee, asking that no action be taken against the illegal factory.