PH criticises attack on Khalid Samad, urges probe

Khalid Samad lodging a police report in Kuala Terengganu. (Raja Kamrul Bahrin pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Pakatan Harapan secretariat has criticised the attack on former minister Khalid Samad in Kuala Terengganu last night.

It urged the police to probe the matter immediately.

In a statement, it expressed shock over reports that Khalid was attacked by a group of men outside the Amanah party building in Kuala Terengganu.

“The secretariat strongly criticises the actions by this group and urges police to bring those involved to face justice,” it said.

The statement further thanked the police for their cooperation in ensuring the Shah Alam MP’s safety till he reached the airport.

Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad, state chairman of Terengganu Amanah,
said Khalid was threatened by at least 15 men. Khalid was not hurt as he managed to get into his vehicle in time.

Raja Kamrul Bahrin said the incident showed that the “dark days” of Barisan Nasional rule were back, this time under Perikatan Nasional.

“We have not seen such incidents and culture for some time and suddenly it is back,” he said in a statement to FMT.

He said the group of men further waited for Khalid outside the police station in Kuala Terengganu which was witnessed by several people who have since made police reports on the matter.

“I had just finished a Facebook live series with Khalid was also threatened for making speeches,” said Raja Kamrul Bahrin, who was deputy housing minister in the previous government.

“Those who had threatened us came out of nowhere,” he said. “Are the Perikatan Nasional coalition trying to stop us from voicing out in the social media?”

Media reports say the incident took place at 10.45pm after a meeting with representatives from the area.

It further said a police report had been lodged on the incident.

According to Astro Awani, Kuala Terengganu police chief Abd Rahim Md Din confirmed a report lodged by Khalid that he felt threatened by the group’s actions.

He was further quoted as stating that the case was being investigated under Section 506 of the Penal Code which deals with criminal intimidation.