The DAP should sack Penang lawmaker RSN Rayer first before challenging Umno Youth to take action against its members for their unruly conduct in two protests this week, the wing’s deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun said today.
In defence of the Umno Youth members who stormed the Penang state legislative assembly on Wednesday and the group that threatened to burn the DAP’s main office here yesterday, Khairul pointed out it was Rayer who had instigated the fracas for his “Umno celaka” remark.
“It started from the DAP lawmaker. There is no point for Umno to take action on them if the DAP themselves don’t punish their lawmaker who started it,” he told The Malay Mail Online.
Asked if Umno should lead by example and take the first step, Khairul said: “that is all I have to say for now”.
Earlier today, two DAP leaders challenged Khairy Jamaluddin to expel the Umno Youth members involved in two aggressive protests this week to demonstrate that his movement does not condone violence.
DAP disciplinary committee chairman Tan Kok Wai and Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming also demanded the Umno Youth chief apologise for his men’s protest outside the DAP office here yesterday and the intrusion into the Penang state assembly on Wednesday.
“(To) show you are not part of the Umno Youth hooliganism and do not condone the actions of these members, Umno Youth should call for the immediate sacking of the members involved and urge that they be prosecuted,” Tan told a press conference here.
On Wednesday, some Umno members trespassed into the Penang state assembly while it was in session, demanding an apology from Rayer but left frustrated.
During yesterday’s protest here, the group of 50 threatened to burn down the DAP headquarters and was reported to have vandalised property belonging to the party.
Khairy, however, sought to distance himself from the rowdy protests arguing that political leaders cannot be held responsible for the actions of all its members.
According to news portal Malaysiakini, the Umno Youth chief, who has been heavily criticised for the unruly behaviour of some wing members, said politicians may not have complete control over what had transpired on the ground.
The Umno Youth chief had also suggested that the DAP share the blame since it was Rayer that made the provocative statement first.