Police report against Rahim's fiery speech
Dec 5, 07 2:01pm
An opposition youth leader from Malacca today lodged a police report against the state’s former chief minister Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik for allegedly inciting racial hatred against non-Malays. The state’s DAP youth leader Tey Kok Kiew based his report on an article which was published by Chinese daily China Press on Sunday which quoted Abdul Rahim as saying: “The Malays have never taken the street so do not force us to do so as we will draw our parang (machete) to defend the Ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy) in this country.” Abdul Rahim is said to have made the statement in his speech as the chairperson of the Malay Economic Body (Gabem) during a ceremony in Malacca last Saturday. In his police report lodged at the Melaka Tengah police station, Tey accused Abdul Rahim of attempting to use violence in order to defend the Malay supremacy by delivering the seditious speech. He added that Abdul Rahim was trying to influence the Malay public to act violently against non-Malays street protesters. He also said that Abdul Rahim was encouraging violence in his speech. Tey said the police must investigate and act against Abdul Rahim if he is found to have said the seditious remarks. Indians on streets Abdul Rahim’s speech is believed to have been made in light of the recent street protests in Kuala Lumpur. On Nov 25, about 30,000 Indian Malaysians brought the busy Jalan Ampang to a standstill for about six hours, as they attempted to march to the British High Commission to submit a petition claiming they have been marginalised since being brought to Malaya as indentured labourers. The police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowd. Government leaders later attacked the rally - organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force - as being racially motivated. The organisers have also been accused as “liars and extremists” following their claims that the Indian community had suffered from government-endorsed “ethnic cleansing”.