By Melissa Loovi
KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 – Slamming Barisan Nasional (BN) for its attempt to “hoodwink” the people, Perak DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said double standards are obviously being practised.
“When we showed the recording of the May 7 incident at a DAP dinner in Sitiawan, it was abruptly stopped by the police,” the Beruas MP said in a press statement.
“But MCA was free to show its distorted version of the incident at their dinner last Sunday in Ipoh.”
As another example, Ngeh cited the arrest of Tebing Tinggi assemblyman Ong Boon Piaw over the DVD of the infamous “tree assembly” produced by the DAP.
“When BN/MCA produced 50,000 DVDs with distorted versions of the May 7 incident, they are free to do so. Is there any more law in this land? Why the double standards?”
Ngeh, a senior lawyer, went on to chide the police and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein for “clearly practising double standards to prevent the people from learning the truth.”
The former Perak exco leader is especially upset that all footage of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Speaker V. Sivakumar being dragged out of the assembly was conveniently omitted from the 25-minute DVD.
Yesterday, BN-appointed Mentri Besar Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir denied that his state government is backing the distribution of the 50,000 DVDs.
He added that Dr Mah Hang Soon, Perak MCA Youth chief, may have released the DVDs in his personal capacity.
This contradicts what Mah had said a day before that the Perak BN government has embarked on a DVD battle with PR. He even said that copies of the discs would be placed in BN component party offices or in the offices of state executive councillors.