Pua gets bullet in mail death threat
UPDATED @ 02:19:29 PM 12-08-2010
PETALING JAYA, Aug 12 — DAP publicity chief Tony Pua received a live 5.56mm bullet used in M-16s with a threatening note posted from Tangkak, Johor yesterday.
The bullet and the note were mailed to the Petaling Jaya Utara MP’s service centre in Damansara Utama here.
“Tony Pua Kiam Wee. You are so brave? What do you want now? You better watch out,” said the note.
“We know about your family, your house, your office, your car,” it added.
A police report was lodged at the Damansara police station last evening by one of Pua’s assistants.
“Both my statement and my assistant’s were recorded last evening,” said Pua (picture), adding that the police confirmed that what he received was a Malaysian-made M-16 bullet.
The envelope containing the bullet and note was opened by his assistant at 4.30pm yesterday.
Pua told a press conference that he did not rule out that the threat was related to his proposal to the Selangor government to slash Bumiputera discounts for luxury homes and commercial property in the state, to improve competitiveness and restore investor confidence.
“It is probably related to the issue I raised a few weeks ago calling for abolishing discount for Bumiputera purchase for luxury homes and use the discount to help the poor and for social programmes,” said Pua.
He made the suggestion at a forum on the Selangor economy late last month but he also said that the seven per cent discounts enjoyed by Malays and other Bumiputeras should be retained for homes below RM500,000.
His remarks resulted in 22 police reports against him lodged by Selangor Umno Youth who deemed the proposal provocative.
In 2008, two other DAP leaders, Karpal Singh and Teresa Kok, also received threatening notes.
Karpal, the national DAP chairman, received a 9mm live bullet and a threatening note at his office, while Kok’s family home was attacked with petrol bomb.
The petrol bomb did not explode but the accompanying note threatened to burn Kok and her family.