Ramasamy denies any role in Prai protest


GEORGE TOWN: Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy said he accepted the recent DAP election results and had nothing to do with a protest in Prai.

Some 20 Indian youths had staged the protest to demand fresh party polls.

“I have stated clearly that I accepted the election results and the new 20-member central executive committee lineup,” the Prai assemblyman told a press conference yesterday.

Dr Ramasamy described the protest by Indian Progressive Front (IPF) members, who claimed to be his supporters, as a ‘sandiwara’ (staged show).

“It was an attempt to tarnish my image. None of my true supporters were there during the protest. I have nothing to do with IPF,” he said.

Dr Ramasamy, who is also Batu Kawan MP, said he believed the protesters were paid as “hired soldiers” to deceive the public that DAP was in turmoil.

It was reported that Dr Ramasamy was voted out of the CEC but was appointed to the committee by virtue of being the party’s deputy secretary-general.

On Wednesday, a group of 20 Indian youths led by M.V. Mathiyalagan, who claimed to be IPF Team ‘A’ president, staged a demonstration at a field in Taman Supreme, Prai, at around 1pm.

Mathiyalagan, a self-confessed Barisan Nasional supporter, said he was merely voicing the concerns of a few non-governmental organisations and local DAP leaders.

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