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Jul 1, 2008

Upko slams ALI KETAM for Double Standard

dailynews - Upko Saturday criticised Umno Vice President and Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam's support for the demonstration staged in Tawau against SAPP MP Datuk Chua Soon Bui.

Its Deputy President Datuk Wilfred Bumburing questioned whether certain people had the privilege to demonstrate while others, for example like the Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force), cannot.

"Ali Rustam's comment that he supported the demonstration in Tawau has set a precedent. Is he saying that in future if YBs defer in opinions, they are free to demonstrate?" he asked.

Bumburing, who is also Tuaran Member of Parliament, said Ali Rustam's comment will give the licence to other BN component parties to demonstrate should they differ in opinions.

"We respect the opinions of those who demonstrate but it seems that double standards are being practised whereby some demonstrations like those held by Hindraf and Bersih are stopped by the police while others are allowed," he said.

Bumburing said he understands the feelings of Umno but demonstrations should not be held for whatever reasons.

"For a senior leader like Ali Rustam to give his endorsement for a demo is unbecoming. He should not condone demonstrations and the Government should not be seen as having two sets of rules, that is, you can demonstrate if it is in our favour and can't if you are not," he said.

Bumburing was responding to Ali Rustam's comment and support for last Tuesday's demonstration staged by Umno members against SAPP in front of Chua's office.

The demonstration came about following SAPP's plan to support a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also BN Chairman.


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