DAP councillor: Muhyiddin’s May 13 remark a threat to national security

Seberang Perai municipal councillor Satees Muniandy lodged a police report this afternoon against Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for allegedly using the May 13 tragedy to threaten Malaysian citizens. — Picture by K.E.Ooi
Seberang Perai municipal councillor Satees Muniandy lodged a police report this afternoon against Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for allegedly using the May 13 tragedy to threaten Malaysian citizens. — Picture by K.E.Ooi

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GEORGE TOWN, July 10 — A DAP local councillor today urged the police to investigate Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, accusing the deputy prime minister of threatening national security when he reportedly warned of a possible repeat of the May 13 tragedy.

Seberang Perai municipal councillor Satees Muniandy, who is also the aide to DAP’s Prof P. Ramasamy, lodged a police report against Muhyiddin at the Perai police station this afternoon, just hours after several non-governmental organisations lodged reports against his boss.

"His (Muhyiddin) statement, which was published in the newspaper on July 9, is one that threatens the security, peace and harmony of Malaysia," he said.

"They are using the ghost of May 13 to threaten the people.”

He urged the police to investigate and take action against Muhyiddin using relevant provisions in the Penal Code and not the Sedition Act.

"We are against the use of Sedition Act as we do not agree for this act to be used against politicians," he said.

In his police report, he claimed Muhyiddin had said there could be a repeat of May 13 racial riots if ties between the different races in the country continue to be strained.

Muhyiddin was quoted saying in an Utusan Malaysia report last Friday that ethnic tensions that were allowed to simmer would lead to unrest when the various communities start to eye each other with suspicion.

“Because of that, there exists all kinds of assumptions when ethnic ties become strained and unhealthy. This can cause that event and I do not want to mention the particular date,” he was quoted as saying.

Muhyiddin did not mention the date specifically but Utusan Malaysia inserted May 13, 1969 to his quote in parentheses.

His statement sparked a response from Ramasamy who told him to "bring May 13" three days ago.

Yesterday, Perkasa ticked off Ramasamy for allegedly raising the specter of the bloody racial riots of May 13 by twisting what Muhyiddin said.

This morning, several NGOs lodged police reports lodged against Ramasamy, demanding that he be arrested immediately for uttering seditious remarks.

Hundreds of Malaysians are estimated to have died during the May 13, 1969 clashes between the Malays and ethnic Chinese.

Although ostensibly triggered by the results of Election 1969, it was rooted in ethnic tensions between the two communities.

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