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PERMATANG PAUH, May 5, 2015:

The Permatang Pauh by-election campaign is getting tense.

Three unidentified men are reported to have assaulted MCA Penang Public Service Bureau chief Gui Guat Lye at Taman Kelisa here last night.

Guat Lye, during a media conference at the MCA Operations Room, said the incident occurred at 9pm during a ceramah (talk) given by Kedah MCA vice-chairman Datuk Dr Leong Yong Kong.

According to him, after the ceramah ended, the three men started provoking and throwing insults at Dr Leong.

He said after that, one of the men punched him on the face and used a stick to hit him.

Dr Leong and others present there quickly resolved the matter, preventing it from getting worse.

“Before the incident happened, one of them asked Dr Leong several questions on MCA’s stand on the implementation of hudud in Kelantan.

“After hearing the explanation, they were not satisfied with the answer and started to throw insults. “They said the people would die if they drank water given by the MCA machinery at the ceramah,” he said here today.

Due to the incident, Guat Lye suffered injuries on his face and hands.

Guat Lye said he went to Perda police station at 11pm yesterday to lodge a report on the incident and expressed his disappointment over the three men’s action.

“I am 63 years old and do not understand why they would hit me and not respect a senior citizen like me.”

In the meantime, MCA Penang vice-chairman Tan Teik Cheng said the party would not hesitate to take legal action against the three men.

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