BUKIT MERTAJAM, July 10:
Two police reports have been lodged against Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy over his “bring on May 13” remarks.
One of the groups also alleged that Ramasamy was brave as he is “backed up by the Tiger Eelam separatist group from Sri Lanka”.
The reports were lodged by two non-governmental organisations (NGOs), namely Pertubuhan Barisan 33 Malaysia and Penang Cyber Taikor, at the Central Seberang Prai police stations earlier today.
The NGOs also demanded Ramasamy be investigated and arrested for slander as what he said could be misconstrued by some, especially the younger generation, whom they claimed were more oblivious to history and were akin to “a blank canvas which could be easily influenced”.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had last week cautioned that a repeat of the nation’s dark history was possible if ties between races continued to be strained.
While Muhyiddin did not mention the date, May 13 was alluded to in aUtusan Malaysiareport.
This led to Ramasamy urging Muhyiddin “to bring on May 13”, adding that there was no fear the racial clashes would be repeated.
“Why did Ramasamy have to make such a threat by saying to bring on May 13 when there was no mention of May 13 by Muhyiddin at all?” asked the groups’ spokesman, Mohd Izam Hassan.
Izam added that Ramasamy should also be investigated for sedition.
“Some people will take advantage of statements like this and spin them out of proportion just to make matters worse.
“Ramasamy is one of them, all gung-ho and brazen as he is backed up by the Tiger Eelam separatist group from Sri Lanka,” Izam claimed.
Ramasamy’s remarks about being unafraid of a May 13 repeat, Izam said, could be deemed as extreme and dangerous.
The Perai assemblyman, he also accused, had gone overboard by making statements as Deputy Chief Minister.
Izam added that the police report also demanded the revival of the Internal Security Act (ISA) to handle people like Ramasamy.
Meanwhile, Bernama reported that the state police were mulling calling Ramasamy up to help them investigate the alleged seditious remarks.
Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said police had already received three reports on Ramasamy’s alleged remarks pertaining to racial riots.
Two of the reports had been made in Kuala Lumpur and one in Kepala Batas, Penang.
Police had initiated a probe under Section 4(1)(C) of the Sedition Act 1948.
Abdul Rahim, Bernama reported, also advised the people not to make wild speculations on the matter, but to allow police to conduct an investigation.