TAIPING: DAP Perak chairman Nga Kor Ming has been slammed for blaming others for police putting a stop to opposition members using a trailer lorry as a makeshift stage for their Ceramah Jelajah Pakatan Harapan in Kamunting on Saturday.
State Industry, Investment and Corridor Development Committee chairman Datuk Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid said the opposition members had only themselves to blame for placing the makeshift stage on a road which served as the main entrance into Kampung Bukit Jana.
The Kamunting assemblyman said placing the trailer lorry there meant that the 1,000-odd residents could not get in or out of their village and had to appeal to the authorities for the ceramah to be stopped.
As such, he said, the claims by opposition leaders such as Nga that there were “certain parties” who were trying to deny them freedom of speech were baseless.
“If you want to campaign, there is no problem... but you need to follow regulations. Don’t lie about it and try to manipulate the situation via the media. They put the trailer lorry on the main road and people who wanted to get in and out or even go to the surau were unable to do so.
“I am (photographic) proof of the trailer lorry which was used as their stage on Saturday night (and where it was placed)... in fact, several police reports were lodged by residents,” Zahir said at a press conference attended by Umno Taiping deputy chairman Datuk Ton Zalani Mat Darus at the Kamunting assemblyman’s service centre.
A newspaper had reported that Nga claimed certain parties were trying to stop freedom of speech by not allowing opposition leaders to continue with their ceramah.
He had also claimed that the opposition had given prior notice to police about the ceramah but actions were taken against them because these parties feared the presence of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and several other top opposition leaders.
Perak police chief Datuk Hasnan Hassan had said on Sunday that his men would take action against the organisers of the ceramah as they did not have permission to hold the event.
He had also denied claims that police were deliberately trying to sabotage the ceramah.
Meanwhile, Ton Zalani urged the opposition to apologise to the residents of Kampung Bukit Jana for blocking off their main access road.