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Published: Saturday January 18, 2014 MYT 6:25:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 18, 2014 MYT 6:46:20 PM

3,000-strong crowd protest presumed 'kangkung-feeding' insult

BUTTERWORTH: Over 3,000 people gathered near here Saturday to protest a presumed insult of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak by DAP supporters.

The group claimed that the actions of Machang Bubuk assemblyman Lee Khai Loon and a group of DAP supporters were unbecoming, as they had stuffed kangkung (water spinach) into the mouth of a plywood cut-out resembling Najib at a night market in Machang Bubuk on Wednesday.

The gathering, organised by Permatang Pauh Umno division, was also to serve as a stern warning against what they regarded as continuous ridiculing of Malays and Islam.

State Umno Liaison Committee deputy chairman, Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the protest, with had participation from members of non-governmental organisations and Malay welfare bodies, was held as the "patience of the Malays has been stretched to the limit over such unethical actions".

"We can differ in opinions but we don't have go to the extent of insulting others.

"The action of the Machang Bubuk assemblyman was not only rude but also uncouth," he told reporters after joining the protest procession around Pusat Bandar Sunway, Seberang Jaya.

State Umno liaison committee secretary Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir, Permatang Pauh Umno division chief Mohd Zaidi Said and other Penang Umno leaders joined in the protest. - Bernama

Tags / Keywords: Politics, Kangkung, Lee Khai Loon, Umno, DAP

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