KUALA LUMPUR: Umno must take disciplinary action against its members who invaded the Penang State Assembly, said MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
She added that Umno must be vigilant and ensure similar incidents are not repeated.
“These troublemakers attempted to paralyse proceedings in the state legislative assembly and, in so doing, violated the democratic process. Their actions must be deeply criticised,” she said in a statement here yesterday.
“Umno must act against them to avoid any accusation that it is harbouring troublemakers and prevent further negative perception by the public of Barisan Nasional,” she said.
Penang MCA deputy chairman Tan Teik Cheng said the storming of the state assembly constituted an act of contempt and disregard for civilised principles.
“If Umno wants to regain the people’s trust and support, it should first look at the actions of its own members and discipline them,” said Tan.
Penang MCA Youth chief Michael Lee said Malaysia was governed by the rule of law and not by mobs.
“The unruliness of the men tantamount to physical intimidation, which cannot be condoned,” he said, adding that the ruckus was a disservice to Barisan, especially when the coalition was trying to restore voter confidence.
Gerakan legal bureau chief Baljit Singh said it was time politicians stopped name-calling, referring to the alleged remark by Rayer.
“This, however, does not make it right for Umno Youth to barge into the state assembly,” he added.