Info Dept vans seen being used at party ceramah in KL
Malaysiakini reporter Koh Jun Lin has reported being faced with threats of assault by Barisan Nasional staff when he tried to find out about the use of federal government Information Department vans and equipment at a party ceramah in Batu, Kuala Lumpur.
In his report on the encounter, Jun Lin said the party’s event organiser, Suhaimi Yahya, had shouted: “Hey! You are lucky I haven’t smacked you yet. . .” At this point, an unidentified man wearing a BN shirt stepped in and forced Malaysiakini to leave the venue, shouting “Go back”, “Don’t cause trouble”, and “Don’t you dare look back”.
Jun Lin’s run-in with the BN workers had come when he tried to ask about the use of Information vans and equipment at the opening of the party’s election centre for Batu constituency.
A speaker van was used to broadcast speeches, while two other Information vehicles were parked nearby, Jun Lin reported. » Info Dept vehicles used at BN Batu ops centre launch [Malaysiakini]
Barisan Nasional deputy chairman Muhyiddin Yassin had been the guest-of-honour earlier in which he spoke to about 300 supporters criticising the outgoing MP, Tian Chua of Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
Government equipment is not allowed to be used for party purposes under any circumstances and especially so by a caretaker government during election campaigns — but the Alliance and the Barisan Nasional coalitions have paid scant regard to procedure and good constitutional behaviour in the past.
ANOTHER ATTACK ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH:
» Berjaya Hotel refuses to allow political forum
A political forum featuring young political leaders Saifuddin Abdullah (Umno) Gan Ping Sieu (MCA), Liew Chin Tong (DAP) and Mujahid Yusof Rawa (PAS) has been moved from Berjaya Hotel Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, to the Corus two days before it is to be held.
The hotel in Jalan Imbi, and the commercial complex is owned by tycoon Vincent Tan (also owner of the Sun newspaper).
Organisers did not reveal what reason had been given for the last-minute cancellation of the ballroom booking.
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