Media statement (2) by Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, 22nd June 2011:
Although Ibrahim Ali as guilty as hell in his incendiary, inciteful and treasonous “Chinese should stock up food” tirade (confirmed by video recording), he should not be detained under ISA but charged in court as lowly criminal
I have seen the video recording of the speech by the Perkasa President Ibrahim Ali at the launch of the Bersih 2.0 counter-protest in Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday and there can be no doubt that he is as guilty as hell in his incendiary, inciteful and treasonous “Chinese should stock up food” tirade.
If the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussin and the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sir Ismail Ismail Omar have not seen the video recording, I can send them a copy of the video.
The question is why the paralysis of the Home Minister and the Inspector-General of Police in the past three days when confronted by Ibrahim Ali’s open contempt for the law and the authorities?
Is this because the face of Ibrahim Ali is increasingly coming to represent the real power in Umno politics – replacing that of Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Ibrahim is a certified clown and utterly irrelevant – what is pertinent is the real power in UMNO that he is fronting for, to the extent that the Prime Minister, Home Minister and the Inspector-General of Police feel utterly impotent!
There have been mounting calls for Ibrahim Ali to be detained under the Internal Security Act to protect law and order in Malaysia.
I do not agree with the use of ISA, which should be repealed altogether.
Ibrahim should not be detained under the ISA but should be arrested and charged in court as a lowly criminal in inciting unrest and bloodshed in multi-racial Malaysia, hoping for another May 13 after 42 years.
Hishammuddin should resign as Home Minister and Ismail relinquish his post as IGP if they cannot discharge such an elementary duty and handle a criminal nuisance posed by Ibrahim Ali.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor