KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22, 2015:
MCA leaders today expressed their disappointment over the threat by Coalition of Malay non-governmental organisations (NGOs) leader Datuk Jamal Md Yunos of the possibility of a riot taking place in Petaling Street on Saturday.
The party deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said this was very unbecoming of Jamal and that he had no right to threaten the government.
He said the claims made by Jamal would not do anyone any good and would only cause fear.
“The threat issued by the NGO leader will only hurt and jeopardise the business in the area. Most of the businessmen there will not feel safe or secure of doing business,” the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said.
He said if Jamal had any evidence of traders selling fake or counterfeit goods in the area he should report them to the authorities, adding that he could even collect the reward offered for making such a report.
He added the government was very serious about protecting copyright and Jamal should do the right thing by making a report and not by threatening the government.
Jamal had earlier said his actions were due to what he claimed as non-action by the government against traders in Petaling Street selling fake goods.
He had also said if the authorities did not act, there would be a 99% chance of a rally taking place and there could also be a riot there on Saturday.
On whether the police should act against Jamal, Wee said it was up to the police, adding they should know what the right thing to do was and that public security should come first.
Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie and its Youth chief Senator Chong Sin Woon also disagreed and urged police to act immediately by arresting Jamal as he had made threats against public security.
Heng said the issue in Petaling Street was not about race but he (Jamal) was trying to make it a racial issue and therefore action should be taken against him.
She said holding such a rally was dangerous to the racial harmony of the country and at the same time national security was also threatened.
“The government should not allow such a thing to happen, people like Jamal cannot take the law into their own hands.”
Heng said his words alone should cause concern for the authorities as it was threatening the racial harmony in the country.
“Enough is enough Jamal, this is a multi-racial country, your actions are a threat to it. Malaysians have lived side by side for a long time without any problems. Please don’t threaten the harmony.”
Chong said Jamal should stop all this nonsense as the country was already facing enough problems, adding that his action would only contribute to the problems facing the nation.