An NGO feels that the Wanita Umno chief is threatening the non-Malay by saying a weak Umno would lead to the repeat of May 13 violence.
PETALING JAYA: An Indian-based NGO coalition which felt threatened by Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Abdul Jail’s statement on May 13 has lodged a police report against the former minister.
“Shahrizat’s statement was meant to threaten the non-Malays. She was trying to say if the non-Malays vote for the opposition and this results in a weak Umno, a race riot similar to the violence on May 13, 1969 will happen,” Tamilar Action Force head A Vethaamoorthy said.
Leading a group of 12 members to lodge the report at the Sentul police station today, he said Shahrizat should be charged with threatening the public and instigating racial divide.
Shahrizat raised the spectre of May 13 in her speech at the Wanita Umno annual general assembly on Wednesday.
She said that a weak Umno would spread uneasiness among the Malay and possibly spark a May 13 racial bloodshed.
“Do we want such a terrible situation repeated in our country? Of course, we do not,” she said.
“By giving this kind of statement, it shows how desperate Umno is,” Vethaamoorthy said.
He said the May 13 incident is already history, and the leaders of the country should now realise that the people have the right to choose who they want in the general election.
“It won’t help by making this kind of unnecessary remark,” he said.
Several Pakatan Rakyat MPs including M Kulasegaran and Khalid Samad have also criticised Shahrizat, calling her “shameless” while saying that Malaysians were now more united than in 1969.