Unhappy lot: The demonstrators marching during the procession to protest against Lee’s actions at Bandar Sunway, Seberang Jaya.
BUTTERWORTH: A large group of Permatang Pauh Umno members and several NGOs held a peaceful demonstration against Machang Bubok assemblyman Lee Khai Loon for failing to show respect to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The demonstration yesterday saw the protesters gathering at the sports arena in Sunway Perdana at about 11.30am and marching about 1km away to the entrance of the Sunway Carnival Mall in Bandar Sunway, Seberang Jaya, near here.
The demonstration was led by Penang Umno information deputy chairman Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.
Also present were Penang Umno Liaison Committee secretary Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir, Permatang Pauh Umno division chief Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said and Tasek Gelugor Umno division chief Datuk Shabudin Yahaya.
Reezal Merican, in his speech at the gathering, said the Muslim community was upset and saddened by Lee’s action of stuffing water spinach (kangkung) into an effigy of Najib.
“His action showed no respect to the leader of the nation.
“We will have another demonstration in Juru tomorrow (today) to make sure the voice of Muslims will be heard all over the state,” he added.
On Wednesday, a group of people, led by Lee had gathered at Alma with an effigy of Najib to protest against price hikes.
Lee, in his Twitter account, had uploaded a picture of himself, stuffing spinach into the effigy’s mouth during the protest.
Meanwhile, Batu Kawan Gerakan youth chief J. Puspanathan lodged a police report against Lee for instigating the public, with his action.
“What is the reason for him to act like that? Why is he leading the people to hate the Prime Minister?
“This is simply crude and cheap publicity,” Puspanathan said at the Bukit Mertajam police station yesterday.