We are against political violence and threats
15 Jul 2009, 12:00 PM
Jointly Press Conference by Penang Gerakan State Liaison Committee, Wanita and Youth
Penang Gerakan strongly said NO to the political culture of using violence or threats to stop people from exercising their democratic rights. We condemn such threats and political culture.
So far this month alone, there have been three cases of people receiving threatening letters.
On Tuesday, Penang Gerakan Youth vice-chairman H’ng Khoon Leng lodged a police report over a life-threatening letter he received in his mail. The letter bore his name and a message in Chinese telling him that “there are some things you shouldn’t talk about” and “some things you shouldn’t do” and doing these things would bring “misfortune” and “calamity” on him. The letter also had two drops of red ink, supposedly representing blood.
State executive councillor Phee Boon Poh service centre’s in Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth was splashed with paint twice, one on July 8 and another on July 14. Seberang Prai Municipal councillor Soon Lip Chee also received SMS threats. Phee had said the threats were believed to be linked with the relocation of illegal hawkers.
Two residents of the controversial Kampung Buah Pala separately received threatening letters on July 8 and 9, requesting them not to meet the Chief Minister over the relocation of the village. They have also lodged police reports.
Gerakan is against using or attempting to use violence to stop people from exercising their democratic rights or from carrying out their duties.
Apparently some people are using thugs and bad elements and such a practice is against the country’s political culture. We are a country which practices rule of law and does not allow any form of violence, verbally or physically.
In line with this dangerous trend, Gerakan is launching a Purple Ribbon campaign to show our concern. Purple Ribbon symbolizes anti-violence. The campaign was first launched in the United States to reduce social violence, community violence and school violence.
We want everyone to work together to fight violence.
by Penang Gerakan State Liaison Committee, Wanita and Youth
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