GEORGE TOWN, Sept 8 ― DAP’s Lim Guan Eng today challenged MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai to bring up a purported rally planned for September 16 in this week’s Cabinet meeting and stop Umno members from attending.
The DAP secretary-general said if MCA is serious in opposing the rally, then the minister should take concrete action to stop it instead of “just talk”.
“I challenge him to raise it in Cabinet and ask the Cabinet to stop Umno leaders and members from attending the September 16 rally; if he doesn’t raise this in Cabinet, then it is just talk,” Lim said at a press conference at Dewan Sri Pinang here.
Lim today also accused Liow of playing the race card when commenting on the Bersih 4 rally at the end of last month.
“I would like to warn MCA that if they continue to play racial issues, they have to be fully responsible what what happens due to that especially on Sept 16,” he warned.
The Penang chief minister said he is strongly opposed to the September 16 rally, claiming it threatened racial violence as depicted by its promotional posters.
The so-called “Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu” rally is planned for September 16 at Bukit Bintang by Malay-based organisations and individuals.
The rally is believed to be planned as a way to counter the Bersih 4 rally that some parties had claimed were “predominantly attended by the ethnic Chinese”.
“We are not opposed to rallies if it is peaceful but this one threatens racial violence, it should be opposed and stopped,” Lim said.
Liow had also condemned the planned rally and called on the police to act.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim yesterday said rally will not be permitted to proceed due to “security implications”.