DAP claims member forced to back Christian Malaysia report

By Clara Chooi
May 14, 2011 | The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 — The DAP claimed today one of its members had likely been coerced into lodging a report against the party in support of Utusan Malaysia’s Christian conspiracy article.

Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi, who was implicated in the Malay daily’s allegations last Saturday, told a press conference here that the member, Mohamed Razali Abdul Rahman, could have been forced to lodge the report as the paper has not one single testimony made in its favour to date.

He complained that since Mohamed Razali’s report yesterday, the latter could not be reached over the phone.

“We have tried to contact him but he has not been answering his calls,” Ooi (left) said.

He added that it is now one man’s word against at least 40 others, including eight pastors and at least 13 DAP leaders and members, all of whom had attended the event in Penang where Utusan Malaysia claimed the conspiracy had taken place.

The group, he explained, had been summoned to give statements to the police over the week.

“We are now giving him (Mohamed Razali) 24 hours to repeat what he said in the police report so that our legal team can take a look at his statement.

“His statement caused further abuse to the DAP with (Home Minister Datuk Seri) Hishammuddin (Hussein) now saying that there is basis in Utusan’s report.

“We want to remind Mohamed Razali however that it is the word of one man against 40 others, all of whom have given consistent testimonies that there was never any conspiracy to usurp Islam during the retreat,” he told The Malaysian Insider when contacted.

Ooi admitted that Mohamed Razali was a valid member of the DAP and had helped during campaigns for several by-elections and the recent Sarawak state polls when he was stationed in Miri.

But, he said, that the 42-year-old was also formerly an Umno member, who had left the ruling party following Election 2008 after he had been allegedly “suppressed and harassed” by his fellow party members.

“He also has a relative who is a lance corporal in the Special Branch unit based in my area — Jelutong,” he said.

Ooi said the party had always considered Mohamed Razali a loyal member, especially after having helped the latter with his employment problems shortly after he joined the party.

He was responding to a report in Utusan Malaysia today quoting Hishammuddin as saying there was some element of truth in the daily’s controversial report last Saturday entitled, “Kristian agama rasmi?” (Christianity the official religion?).

The minister had allegedly made the claim following Mohamed Razali’s report claiming that he was present during the retreat gathering involving DAP members and Christian leaders and had the “true story” of the events that transpired.

Utusan Malaysia’s report had been based entirely on unsubstantiated blog postings by two pro-Umno bloggers, alleging that the leaders had taken a pledge during the gathering promising to take over Putrajaya, abolish Islam as the religion of the federation and install a Christian prime minister.

The paper had also published a grainy photograph showing what it described to be a secret pact between the DAP and pastors at a hotel in Penang last Wednesday.

The DAP and Christian leaders have since voiced out their rage over the allegations and vehemently denied taking any part in such a pledge.

They have also urged stern action against Utusan Malaysia for telling “dangerous lies”, spurring a police investigation and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s special meeting with Christian leaders on Thursday.

According to Ooi, the police have since summoned eight pastors and at least 13 DAP members and leaders including himself to give their statements over the issue.

The pastors, he said, were asked if such a pledge had been taken, whether they had raised their hands during prayers, which hands they had raised and whether they had raised it high or at half mast as if they were taking an oath.

“On my part, I told them that there was no political talk during the retreat because Christian leaders are apolitical.

“During the dinner we attended in the three-day/two-night retreat, we discussed ethical issues, the duties of Christians to help eradicate corruption and so on.

“This is why even the Transparency International had been invited to be present… there were so many stakeholders and we did not touch politics at all,” he said.

  1. #1 by tak tahan on Saturday, 14 May 2011 - 4:33 pm

    This whole evil scheme has been planned by umno [deleted].Very low class politicians!

  2. #2 by gofortruth on Saturday, 14 May 2011 - 5:05 pm

    Quite obviously Najib is resorting to Mahathir’s old tricks of “fear & threat” which had worked so well for him over the 22 yrs that he ruled the nation. Najib just thinks they too can BULLDOZE their way through with any lie by any person. They don’t care if hatred is hatched between religious groups and between races and they don’t care if foreign investors are shunning Malaysia. They are all so consumed by their own personal interests.

    This is the precise reason why we must vote for change!

  3. #3 by Loh on Saturday, 14 May 2011 - 5:09 pm

    ///He added that it is now one man’s word against at least 40 others, including eight pastors and at least 13 DAP leaders and members, all of whom had attended the event in Penang where Utusan Malaysia claimed the conspiracy had taken place.///

    UMNO needs only a statement to confuse the issue. This is the same tactic adopted by MACC producing a note 10 months after TBH’s demise, and the word ‘Goodbye’ created the claims that TBH was not murdered.

    There was no need for the note to be written, and the DAP member had been lured to make the report, possible for the reward that he would not need a job for the rest of his life.

  4. #4 by drngsc on Saturday, 14 May 2011 - 7:25 pm

    Hi Jeff,

    Coerced or not, he is a turncoat. He is probably rich by now. I think there are more like him in DAP.
    Better flush them all out now, before next GE. It will be more painful then.

    We need to change the tenant at Putrajaya

  5. #5 by waterfrontcoolie on Saturday, 14 May 2011 - 10:36 pm

    Would this ring a bell? just as PKR has been struggling all this while, with members who have tasted honey in the past and would they willing give up for a cup of black kopi-O? As I have noted, the whole fabric of this nation had been distorted over the past 30 years, it won’t be easy to turn back. When the whole nation has been affected, surely even opposition leaders will be affected. What more with those associated with the current leadership, maybe because of disagreement over the share of the spoils?
    We can indeed only moan for the nation!

  6. #6 by dagen on Sunday, 15 May 2011 - 12:08 am

    Why this crude attack against DAP? Reason is obvious. DAP has gained trememdous strength. And more importantly DAP is now ready to play an expanded role in the country. That means expanding its support based to non-chinese. This must have frightened the hell out of umno. Umno cannot allow that. And umno knows DAP’s experience, persistence, unwavering stand and principles are in the long run much more attractive than umno’s. So what umno is doing now is an attempt to stop DAP in the track. Stupid move. Like the japanese in the second WW. Fighting china and then fight america. Lost focus and strength.

  7. #7 by Loh on Sunday, 15 May 2011 - 11:29 am

    The DAP member who made the police report might be at fault for compromising his integrity, but it is really difficult to blame him when making police report could bring to him something bigger than he could ever imagined in life. It is certainly difficult to resist such temptation, and the sin lies in the person who paid. That person represents the whole organization whose prize is the continuation of power.

    The related issue is whether that DAP member was a mole planted, to be used at the right time. There are admittedly few Malay members, and when one shows up as ‘having integrity on sale’, the it reflects badly on the other Malay members of DAP. The natural suspicion is are they also ‘trojan horse’? It s difficult for ordinary Malays to join DAP because Perkasa and others accuse Malays who oppose UMNO as traitors, and larger traitors are those who join the greatest enemy of UMNO, the DAP. So by ‘turning over’ one DAP Malay member, UMNO has made it more difficult for Malays to join DAP as their motive of joining DAP is always subject to question. The result of low Malay membership in DAP fits the claim by UMNO that it is against Malays, like Mamakthir openly declared it.

    Corruption not only allows those in power to corrupt its own power, the resources with them make it more difficult for genuine political party, rather than secret society in the form of registered political party, to serve the people and the nation.

    DAP members other than the frog from Jelapong which made it possible for UMNO money to buy the state government of Perak, are generally known to be persons of principle. The limping toad is MCA-type Chinese. Now a DAP Malay member makes police report to confuse the issue. UMNO has succeeded in demonstrating that Malay politician in DAP is susceptible to being purchased. Yet UMNO claims to fight for the honour of the Malays race when it thinks nothing of destroying the honour of the race in making a favor to a person which he cannot dream to refuse.

  8. #8 by MGR1940 on Sunday, 15 May 2011 - 11:45 am

    If it is true, you cant blame him as he was from UMNO and can be bought over like in Perak.

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