Penang Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has called on prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to take action against Malay language news daily Utusan Malaysia for allegedly insinuating that DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa Kok should be assassinated.
“Recently, the Utusan Malayu group has unceasingly published false news that have characterised Teresa Kok as a leader who is anti-Malay and anti-Islam,” said Penang PAS commissioner Mohd Salleh Man on behalf of the state coalition.
Pointing to a fictional story published in the daily which narrated an assassination plot on a character allegedly similar to Kok, Salleh called the work a piece of “ugly journalism”.
Salleh said this at the state PKR’s Hari Raya open house in Sungai Dua Jubilee Hall here.
Also present were chief minister Lim Guan Eng, PKR state chairman Datuk Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, PKR state secretary Abdul Malik Abul Kassim and DAP deputy secretary-general Chong Eng.
He said the move to cast aspersions on Kok was unnecessary and based on inaccurate facts, and PR condemned such an “evil” act.
“An unstable atmosphere seems to have been deliberately caused by certain quarters to bring about a feeling of disquiet among the people that can threaten the security of our country,” he added.
“Such a campaign does not have a place in political activity in Malaysia, and we urge the prime minister to take appropriate action immediately to end the news group’s dirty tactic,” he said.
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