PETALING JAYA: Two PKR parliamentarians are supporting Machang Bubok assemblyman Lee Khai Loon and feel there is no need for an apology over the “kangkung flash mob.”
Party vice-president Tian Chua said the flash mob organised by Lee of PKR intended to target the Prime Minister and not the Malays.
“To me, this whole thing about the flash mob being racial is a mockery. There is no reason for Lee to apologise,” said Tian Chua who is also Batu MP.
On Jan 15, Lee led a flash mob in Penang where he stuffed the vegetable into an effigy of Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak.
DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang had urged Lee consider making an apology “especially as there are those who regard such protest as excessive, offensive and insensitive (and I am one of them).”
Lee “thanked” Lim for his views but said that he would not bow to what he termed as “Umno’s racist and violent actions.”
Tian Chua believed that Lee was targeted because he was Chinese and was mistaken for a DAP parliamentarian.
“This ignorant group just sees every Chinese as DAP. It had nothing to do with DAP,” he said.
On Sunday, it was reported that a group of about 600 including Penang Umno members staged a protest with provocative banners including some that asked whether the state’s ruling coalition wanted a repeat of another May 13 incident.
Tian Chua added that if government leaders including the Prime Minister cannot be mocked, Malaysia is not a democracy.
“Whether the flash mob was appropriate or not, leaders are not immune from mockery and insults. In democracies, it is normal for heads of states to be mocked in newspaper cartoons. If these leaders can’t face these things, they should step down,” he said.
Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Sin said that the whole “kangkung issue” transcended race as everyone was feeling the pinch.
He said everyone including bumiputeras were angry with higher costs of living caused by bad policies of the government.
“They are angrier with BN than Pakatan or Lee Khai Loon,” he said.
Sim said there was no reason for Lee to apologise as it was certain parties who were making the issue a racial one.
“There were Malays who also organised similar flash mobs but only Lee was targeted. What is the reason for this?” he asked.