DAP gives MCA 24 hours to apologise

Fahmy Azril Rosli and Hidir Reduan

BANGI: DAP issued a 24-hour ultimatum for MCA to apologise over its allegation that the former was behind damages inflicted on the latter’s campaign materials.

Selangor DAP secretary Ean Yong Hian Wah said they would take legal action if MCA failed to issue an apology.

He said the ultimatum was necessary as MCA hurled the accusation without offering solid evidence.

“On Aug 25 during a press conference, MCA candidate Tan Chee Teong accused DAP of damaging MCA’s buntings.

“MCA did not give solid evidence for their claim. It was defamatory and baseless, and jeopardised DAP’s good name.

“This is MCA’s dirty politics. Is this MCA’s check and balance? This act only disappoints the people of Balakong,” he said.

Yong was speaking during a press conference at Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) Balakong by-election operations room, here, today.

Also present at the press conference was PH Balakong by-election candidate Wong Siew Ki.

During the media event, he showed reporters a copy of the purported defamatory statement uploaded to Tan’s official Facebook page.

Yong who is also Seri Kembangan assemblyman said MCA should not be silent on DAP's demand for an explanation.

He remarked that if MCA was bold enough to make the allegation, then it must also furnish proof of the claim.

“Be a gentleman when issuing the statement. If you are wrong, then apologise.

“When explanation is sought, they (MCA) keep silent. They only know how to issue blanket statements.

”Furthermore, I am not sure what they were aiming for, whether intentional, a form of sabotage or they had overlooked it (the defamatory statement). If they are wrong, then just admit it,” he said.

Yong reiterated that DAP would not commit any irresponsible acts in the by-election.

Stating that DAP wanted a fair by-election, Yong said the party would not resort to dirty tactics.

Two days ago, Tan reportedly expressed his disappointment over the purported removal of more than 100 of MCA’s campaign materials by irresponsible individuals.

He claimed that 80 percent of the materials - including banners and posters - were located in areas such as Sungai Chua and Kampung Baru Kwang Tung, here.

Tan said he would lodge a complaint with the Election Commission (EC) as well as the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) on the matter. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd