Three men involved with vandalism at DAP offices believed still in Penang, police say

On Sunday, the Penang DAP office in Jalan Rangoon was splashed with red paint, while the front door and the party flag at the service centre of Chow's office here, was burned. —  Picture by K.E. Ooi
On Sunday, the Penang DAP office in Jalan Rangoon was splashed with red paint, while the front door and the party flag at the service centre of Chow's office here, was burned. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

GEORGE TOWN, June 26 — Police believe the three men suspected of being involved with splashing paint on the Penang DAP office, and setting fire to the front door and party flag of the Padang Kota DAP state assemblyman Chow Kon Yeow'a service centre, are still in the state.

Northeast district police chief ACP Mior Faridalatrash Wahid said the identities of the three local men had been identified, and efforts to trace them were underway.

Based on the information obtained so far, he believed the three men would be caught.

"So far the police have recorded six statements from various parties to facilitate investigations into the case," he told reporters after the drug case items disposal programme at the Penang City Council's disposal site here, today.

The programme was officiated by Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi with an estimated RM627,137 worth of drugs disposed.

On Sunday, the Penang DAP office in Jalan Rangoon was splashed with red paint, while the front door and the party flag at the service centre of Chow's office here, was burned.

In addition to the two offices, Komtar state assemblyman Teh Lai Heng's service centre on Jalan Talipon here was also splashed with black paint, and attempted to be burned early Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahim said police would not compromise and take strict action against those involved in the incident, because it threatened public order.

"As of yesterday, five investigation papers have been opened, namely three cases involving throwing of paint and burning of DAP offices, while one is pertaining to the report done by Penang DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) against a group of men who set fire to the party's flag on the ground floor of Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (Komtar).

"Another case is (pertaining) to a police report by the Penang Umno Youth on certain allegations by Dapsy linking the state's UMNO division to several acts of vandalism against DAP buildings in the state," he said.

Abdul Rahim reminded all parties not to speculate and accuse each other over the incident. — Bernama