Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Kit Siang urged to say sorry openly

Kit Siang urged to say sorry openlyBy : Shahrul Hafeez

IPOH: Some 50 people took part in an illegal rally at the Ipoh Padang here to show their support for the Sultan of Perak.

They also urged DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang to make an open apology to the Regent, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, instead of merely via a statement on his blog.The group carried several placards listing their demands. They also read out a memorandum, an oath of loyalty to Sultan Azlan Shah and sang patriotic songs.

Former Gerik member of parliament Datuk Dr Wan Hashim Wan Teh, who was among those present, said they did not intend to threaten public safety but wanted to defend Malay rights.Wan Hashim, who was not chosen to contest in the general election, said the memorandum would also be sent to Istana Iskandariah so that the people's voices could be conveyed to Sultan Azlan Shah.

Last week, Lim had protested the choice of Pasir Panjang state assemblyman Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the new menteri besar.In his apology, posted last Wednesday, Lim said the statement was based on the party's position at the time and not made out of disrespect to the regent whom he held in the highest regard.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Azisdman Alias said action would be taken against the organisers as the rally did not have a police permit.The protesters had planned to converge at the popular Sultan Abdul Aziz recreational park but a heavy police presence saw them changing the location.Azisdman said the crowd dispersed after about 90 minutes.

source: http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Monday/National/2188592/Article/index_html

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