DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng (pic) has opted not to criticise Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for his defence of the banned gang Tiga Line but instead asked him to clarify if he had indeed said the gang members are his friends.
Lim told The Malaysian Insider today that he found it hard to believe that Ahmad Zahid had said that he supported the gang in a speech at an event in Malacca last Friday.
"This is a minister who is supposed to be defending the country from lawlessness and disorder. So is he really asking them (Tiga Line) to 'carry on' and all?
"There is no home minister in the world who will publicly defend and support a gang which has been deemed unlawful. I am flabbergasted and shocked,” he added.
Lim, who is also Penang chief minister, urged Ahmad Zahid to “come clean” on the issue and “own up” if he did defend Tiga Line.
"This is a serious thing. Ask him to tell us if he did or did not say it?" he said.
A news portal had uploaded a video clip in which Ahmad Zahid appeared to endorse the Tiga Line underworld group, calling them "his friends and urging them to do what they needed to do".
In August, the Home Ministry released a list of 49 secret societies, including Tiga Line, amid promises by the authorities to crack down on these groups.
Malaysians, Lim pointed out, are shocked at Ahmad Zahid's alleged comments.
"He owes all Malaysians an explanation. This gives the impression that he is biased towards a pro-Umno gang."
"Is he saying there are gangsters in Umno? What about the ministry? Who is running that... the minister or gangsters?" he asked. - October 7, 2013.