After flag-burning, Penang DAP Youth blames Umno for office vandalism (VIDEO)

Penang Umno members setting fire to two DAP flags at the ground floor of Komtar in Penang. ― Picture by K. E.Ooi.
Penang Umno members setting fire to two DAP flags at the ground floor of Komtar in Penang. ― Picture by K. E.Ooi.

GEORGE TOWN, June 23 — Penang DAP Youth chief Ng Wei Aik today suggested that Umno was behind recent vandalism incidents at three DAP offices here after the rival party’s members burned DAP flags at Komtar this morning.

Ng claimed that the flag burning “proved” that Umno was responsible for the vandalism at the DAP headquarters and two service centres in George Town on Saturday and Sunday.

“This is because the aggressive manner they had acted this morning in burning the DAP flags showed that they are capable of the same vandalism acts against DAP offices,” he said in a statement today.

This morning, after a group of Umno members led by Penang Umno secretary Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir handed over a memorandum to the city council, some of the members set two DAP flags on fire on the ground floor of Komtar.

MBPP last week issued a notice to Penang Umno to remove a signboard that was illegal as they had not applied for permit.

Ng today demanded to know why DAP was blamed when MBPP enforcement was taking action based on the existing bylaws regarding signboards and structures.

“This clearly showed how shallow Umno members are in their thinking and that DAP will always be blamed regardless of whether it is a decision or action by the state government or the local authorities,” he said.

He reminded the Umno members that any enforcement action taken by the local authorities were in accordance to existing bylaws and should not be linked to politics so the act of revenge should not be made against any parties at all.

Ng said the Penang DAP Youth will lodge a report tomorrow morning to urge the police to investigate Penang Umno and prove that they are the ones involved in the vandalism acts against the DAP offices.

Over the weekend, Komtar state assemblyman Teh Lai Heng’s service centre was first splashed with paint before state executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow’s service centre was torched.

The state DAP headquarters at Rangoon Road was splashed with paint twice, once on Saturday and again on Sunday night.

Police have identified three suspects and is still investigating the motives behind the incidents.