PETALING JAYA: Umno must condemn thuggish behaviour, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
The former Umno Youth chief was responding to an incident that happened near Universiti Malaya where six students holding a demonstration against Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak were allegedly manhandled by the former premier's supporters.
"Agree. Umno must condemn this thuggish behaviour," Khairy tweeted on Friday (March 22).
A video of the scuffle that is being shared on social media showed Najib's supporters, including Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam accosting the students who were behind a railing.
The students were holding placards that read “Najib tak malu (Najib is shameless)” and “Mana RM2.6bil? (Where is the RM2.6bil?)”, as well as a big cut-out of a caricature of the former premier as a clown.
Najib's supporters climbed over the railing and started shouting at the students.
The confrontation quickly turned aggressive as the supporters snatched the placards away from the students
Lokman allegedly grabbed and tore the clown caricature into pieces.
Najib’s supporters then held one of the students in a reverse chokehold and grabbed his hair and hit him.
According to Malaysiakini, Lokman said the student "should be grateful that Umno members rescued him from a beating".
He said the fracas erupted after the student leader tried to stop him from tearing up a clown-caricature of Najib.
"The DAP supporter (student) had tried to stop me. He was then stopped and pulled by several individuals at the site of the incident.
"The student should be grateful because Umno leaders were there and stopped him from being beaten by people who were angered by their rudeness," Lokman reportedly said.
Najib also responded to the issue, telling Malaysiakini that the alleged attacker was not a party member.
“He is not a party member nor was he involved in the ceramah. He, according to what I was told, was a passer-by who decided to join in when the fracas happened,” said the former premier.