DAP never asked Chinese to avoid Bersih, says Guan Eng

By Yow Hong Chieh
July 10, 201 | The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 — The DAP did not send out any text messages asking the Chinese not to attend yesterday’s Bersih rally, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said today..

He stressed that the only messages sent out by the party were those encouraging people to turn up at the rally for free and fair elections.

“This is a lie. No DAP leader sent out (messages) asking the Chinese not to go out and to let Malays fight each other,” said Lim.

“Anti-Bersih elements are trying to sabotage the relationship (between component parties) in PR but this will not work.”

The Penang chief minister pointed out that almost 5,000 mainly DAP supporters had gathered in Pudu to show support for the election watchdog and its eight reform demands yesterday.

Lim was speaking to reporters after paying his respects to the family of Baharudin Ahmad, who died yesterday after collapsing during the rally.

Baharudin, 56, had fallen down after running away from police firing tear gas and water cannon before being taken to Kuala Lumpur Hospital, where he died.

His brother, Kassim Ahmad, 72, blames the police for allegedly withholding medical aid for 90 minutes, during which time Baharudin is said to have had difficulty breathing.

It is understood that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is looking into possible legal action against the police for his death.

Bersih claimed a turnout of 50,000 for yesterday’s street demonstration which went ahead without police permission after protracted negotiation with the authorities.

The coalition of 62 NGOs decided to take to the streets despite previously accepting Najib’s offer to move the street rally to a stadium after the government refused to allow the gathering to take place in Stadium Merdeka.

  1. #1 by rahmanwang on Monday, 11 July 2011 - 11:52 am

    Ya betul.
    We must sue the Government.
    Unnecessary death caused by police.

  2. #2 by bruno on Monday, 11 July 2011 - 12:05 pm

    History might repeat itself.Remember what sparked the ME people’s power.

  3. #3 by dagen on Monday, 11 July 2011 - 12:06 pm

    With both my eyes shut, I could also see that it was the work of umno or one of the stupid barisan component parties.

    So no worries DAP. The whole of malaysia could definitely see what I saw.

  4. #4 by Cinapek on Monday, 11 July 2011 - 4:27 pm

    The DAP has nothing to apologise for.

    The pictures for the march says it all. The Chinese were marching side by side with their Malay, Indian and other Malaysian brethens.

    The Chinese majority were smarter than the batu apis think. They deliberately kept a low profile before and during the march to avoid giving the racial extremists in UMNO and Perkasa excuse to turn this into a racial conflict and take advantage to unleash their May 13 blueprint of cruel intention to kill innocent people and impose emergency rule.

    They were disappointed and frustrated that they failed to goad the Chinese into retaliation despite the most extreme efforts of their guarddog Ibrahim Ali. So they use their bodek kakis like the USM professor to slyly sneak in comments that they were very few Chinese joining the March. Idiots do not realise Sun Tze tactics to keep your enemy guessing.

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