Malaysia's DAP lodges police report after rowdy protest

About 150 people, who were angry at a Perak lawmaker, took part in the protest outside the DAP's headquarters.
About 150 people, who were angry at a Perak lawmaker, took part in the protest outside the DAP's headquarters.PHOTO: KINITV

KUALA LUMPUR • The opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) has lodged a police report following a rowdy protest outside its headquarters on Tuesday by Malay activists.

The protesters, numbering some 150 people, were involved in a fracas with riot policemen, who stood guard in front of the DAP headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

The demonstrators were angry at DAP's Perak lawmaker Nga Kor Ming, who allegedly put up two Facebook posts that were deemed insulting to Muslims.

One post was over the practice of giving cash in packets during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, which was celebrated last week, to young people, just like the giving of hongbao during Chinese New year.

But the post hinted that the Hari Raya money was corruption money, the Malaysian media has reported.

Mr Nga has denied putting up the post, which has since been deleted.

There was another post, which he did not deny, that riled the protesters. He put up a picture bearing an American flag with an emoticon of hands clasped in prayer and the words "Lord, guide our nation back to you". The picture is captioned: "We serve to bless others, we are from the people, by the people and for the people. Selamat Hari Raya!"

The activists organised the demonstration on Tuesday to show their unhappiness and submit a letter of protest to the DAP, but it quickly turned into a fracas when riot police stopped the protesters from getting too close to the DAP building, the Malaysian media reported on Tuesday.

At the police station yesterday, Mr Chu Yoon Ming, administration chief of the DAP headquarters, said that he lodged the police report because he felt threatened by the rowdy protesters.

He said that apart from chanting racist slogans, some of them hurled so-called hell notes at DAP officials which the party deemed as criminal intimidation.

"This is for the police to investigate and take action against individuals involved in making the threats," said the DAP's organising secretary Anthony Loke, who helped file the police report in Kuala Lumpur.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2016, with the headline 'DAP files police report after rowdy protest'. Print Edition | Subscribe