MCA Youth irate over disruptions


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 11 Jan 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA Youth has accused the PAS-led Kelantan state government of instructing its officials to disrupt indoor gatherings organised by the wing over the last few years. 

According to its chief Datuk Ong Tee Keat, the latest incident took place during a party held in conjunction with the Christmas celebrations at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry hall in Kota Baru last month. 

The event, he said, was a “family day sort of social gathering,” attended by many children and senior citizens, with cultural performances staged. 

“Enforcement officers from the Kota Baru Municipal Council had ordered the party to be halted before midnight and threatened to take away the speakers if the order was not adhered to. 

“To avoid complications, the Kelantan MCA Youth only protested verbally but abided by the order that was issued without any reasons given,” he told a press conference yesterday. 

Ong said the disruption of the party had disappointed some 300 diners gathered there and hurt the feelings of the Chinese, who felt that their rights had been violated. 

“This is not the first time where gatherings, dinners and parties organised by the state’s Youth wing had been disrupted in the past five to six years.  

“We believe the enforcement officers were directed by the PAS government to do so. 

“Are we supposed to present written applications before we can hold indoor social gatherings?  

“I believe there are no such regulations,” he said. 

MCA Youth, he added, demanded an explanation and apology from the authorities for disrupting the latest gathering without any reasonable grounds.  

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