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PETALING JAYA: The Selangor MCA public complaints bureau is among the latest groups to lodge a police report against Batu member of parliament Tian Chua for accusing Umno of having orchestrated the gun battle with terrorists in Lahad Datu, Sabah.
Its legal adviser, Datuk Lim Choon Kin, said Tian Chua’s alleged comments, which had been widely reported in newspapers, had belittled the sacrifices of the policemen who had died in Lahad Datu.
“This statement is an insult to the bravery and honour of the eight policemen who gave up their lives to defend the nation against terrorists.
These policemen are national heroes who deserve our support and respect.
“In this time, when our country is threatened by terrorists, all Malaysians, irrespective of their political allegiance, should come together and unite against a common threat.”
In Shah Alam, a non-blood "brother" to Corporal Sabarudin Daud, 46, who was killed in the Lahad Datu incident, lodged a police report against Tian Chua. Che Azni Ahmadon, 49, an army retiree, urged police to conduct investigations.
In Ipoh, state police chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said 113 reports had been lodged against Tian Chua.
He said the case was being investigated under the Penal Code for uttering defamatory words. The offence carries a maximum two years' jail or a fine or both on conviction.
In George Town, five police reports were lodged against Tian Chua.
Penang Barisan Nasional Youth chief Oh Tong Keong said Tian Chua's statement had belittled the sacrifices of the policemen.
In Seberang Prai Tengah, 14 local non-governmental organisations lodged three police reports.
Another report was lodged by six Pas members at Seberang Prai Selatan. They also burnt Parti Keadilan Rakyat and DAP flags, along with a photograph of Tian Chua.
In Kota Baru, Kubang Kerian Puteri Umno division chief Azlinda Alis said Tian Chua's statement would create misunderstanding.
Bernama reported that more than 100 contractors from the Tumpat branch of the Association of Malay Contractors of Malaysia staged a peaceful demonstration condemning Tian Chua's statement.
In Malacca, Bernama reported that about 150 residents in Alor Gajah gathered for 30 minutes at Dataran Keris to urge Tian Chua to offer an apology. Additional reporting by Sylvia Looi, Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah, Atiqa Hazellah and Rahmat Khairulrijal