Youth chief: Not a single hair on Karpal head was harmed

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  • Friday, 06 Mar 2009

SHAH ALAM: Selangor Umno Youth has given its version of events at the Parliament lobby where veteran DAP leader Karpal Singh claimed he was roughed up.

Its chief Abdul Shukor Idrus said they had gone to Parliament for lunch with Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad upon his invitation.

“We saw Karpal after our meeting and approached him in a nice way. We wanted to ask him about his allegation that Umno Youth had sent him live bullets and why he called them (Umno Youth) celaka.

“Umno Youth is unhappy with Karpal’s words, but we did not hurt him. Not a single hair on his head was harmed,” Abdul Shukor told a press conference here.

He added that a video clip posted on DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang’s blog showed that Umno Youth members did not intimidate Karpal Singh in any way.

“We thank Lim’s staff for putting up the video clip as it proved that we were not aggressive towards Karpal Singh.

“Any contact that might have taken place could be due to the gesturing we did while talking,” he said, adding that Selangor Umno Youth were criticised by many quarters over the incident.

Abdul Shukor said the video clip also clearly showed four instances of provocation against Umno Youth members by several opposition MPs who had allegedly come to Karpal Singh’s defence.

He said among them were Padang Serai MP N. Gobala—krishnan, Karpal Singh’s son Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.

However, Abdul Shukor said the 22 Youth members would not lodge a police complaint over the matter, because they still wanted to settle it amicably with Karpal Singh.

Meanwhile, Petaling Jaya Utara Umno Youth chief Latt Sharizan Abdullah said it was regrettable that Karpal Singh used his disability against them.

“We want Karpal and Gobind to apologise to us and to members of the public,” he said.

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