GEORGE TOWN: Parti Bersama Malaysia (MU) is is crying foul, claiming their series of ceramah have been disrupted by the DAP-led Penang state government.
The party claimed that the Penang state government had abused its authority in an attempt to halt the ceramah conducted by the party
Its president Tan Gin Theam alleged that last month, three ceramah organised by the party had to be cancelled following what he claimed to be threats by the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) in Penang.
He described the threats to be unprofessional on the side of the local authorities even though MU had already obtained a permit to hold the ceramah.
“Our ceramah programmes in Paya Terubong, Datuk Keramat and Macallum had to be called off after the JKKK threatened the owners of the premises where the ceramah were to be held.
“We decided to call them off as we didn’t want any untoward incidents,” said Tan.
Tan told reporters this after launching the Kebun Bunga MU division service centre here today.
Also present was the party’s welfare bureau chief Wu Kai Min.
Asked whether a police report had been lodged on the matter, Tan said no police report was made as they lacked evidence.
“Actually the premises owner here (Jalan Padang Tembak) was also threatened after he had allowed the place to be used as our service centre,” added Tan.
Tan expressed disappointment over the incident, saying it went to show how the DAP did not live up to its freedom of speech principle it had been fighting for over the years.
“If they were not afraid of what we had to say and expose about them through our ceramah, they wouldn’t have reacted in such a way.
“It has been a year since MU has been around and has been conducting various programmes and they have not bothered but only lately they have been pressuring us,” Tan said.