PETALING JAYA: Supporters of former prime minister Najib Razak will not apologise for manhandling student protestors at Universiti Malaya on Friday, said Umno supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam.
He said the students’ actions were a provocation towards Najib’s supporters. “I felt like laughing out loud when they asked us to apologise. Nonsense,” he said.
Lokman also claimed that the students were paid to carry out their protest and had begun the provocation by holding up a photograph mocking Najib.
Lokman was caught on tape tearing the placard apart, saying the placard was an insult to Najib, who was attending a dialogue session with UM students at the Amjal restaurant near the university.
Yesterday, UM student leader Wong Yan Ke demanded that Najib’s supporters apologise to the students, who claim that they were assaulted during the incident.
Wong said the students had a right to hold a peaceful assembly to voice their dissatisfaction.
Lokman said the new government had stopped a few of Najib’s events.
“Najib went to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, he was stopped. We wanted to do an event at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, he was stopped.
“We wanted to pray at Masjid Al Rahman in UM, there was a police report. We were taking a selfie at Langkawi and there were five police reports,” said Lokman.
Najib has said he regrets the incident happening. In response to one placard about RM2.6 billion, he said he had been charged in court over the money, said to be a donation, and had returned the money to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia four months after receiving it.