Thursday, May 15, 2008

Petrol bombs thrown at DAP HQ in Ipoh - Malaysiakini

Petrol bombs thrown at DAP HQ in Ipoh
May 15, 08 1:45pm

Three homemade Molotov cocktails were hurled at DAP’s Perak headquarters in Ipoh early this morning but no one was hurt from the attack.

In the 2.20am incident, two individuals on a motorbike with helmets were spotted hurling the fire bombs outside the DAP office.

The bombs broke the glass panel of the windows in the headquarters, which was located on the second floor of the two-storey shoplot, a stone throw away from the Perak state assembly building.

However, the bombs bounced off the windows as they had been boarded up and they fell onto the street below.

A security guard at a school opposite the building who witnessed the attack had lodged a police report at Ipoh’s central police station this morning.

DAP state leader and senior executive councillor Ngeh Koo Ham told Malaysiakini that he believed the attack was politically motivated.

"However, I cannot comment if this was related to Karpal," he said when asked whether the incident was connected to the controversy over DAP chairman Karpal Singh's questioning on the limits of the sultans' constitutional powers.

Ngeh condemned the attack and called upon the parties responsible “to respect the new state government which was chosen by the rakyat”.

“Even though only a few windows were broken, we took this matter very seriously,” said Ngeh, who along with other party leaders inspected the premises this morning.

Police: Case under investigation

Contacted today, an officer from the police station said the case was under investigation and no arrests had been made.

According to him, the case is classified under “damage to property”.

“We can’t classify it under crime as it involved unknown persons,” he said.

However, he could not confirmed that the incident was politically motivated as claimed by Ngeh.

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