Ali Tinju claims me­dia mis­quoted him

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PETALING JAYA: Ger­akan Merah leader Mohd Ali Ba­harom, pop­u­larly known as Ali Tinju, claimed that he was mis­quoted by the me­dia over the al­leged ver­bal as­sault against Ber­sih 2.0 chair­man Maria Chin Ab­dul­lah.

Speak­ing to theSun, Ali said the me­dia had spun his quotes to give an im­pres­sion that he was a thug and a vi­o­lent per­son, stress­ing that his comments were not meant to be a threat.

“I am in­no­cent. I did not fin­ish my sen­tence (and the me­dia) does not pos­sess any record­ing or video which quoted me is­su­ing such (threats),” he said.

“My comments were not a crim­i­nal threat … I will not re­tract my state­ment and there is no need for me to apol­o­gise,” he added.

On Mon­day, In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar con­firmed that Ali Tinju is be­ing probed for crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion, while Chin is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for ac­tiv­i­ties detri­men­tal to par­lia­men­tary democracy.

An on­line news por­tal had quoted Ali Tinju telling Chin that “she may no longer walk on this earth”, fol­low­ing her an­nounce­ment to hold the Ber­sih 5 rally on Nov 19.

Ali said he had been in­ter­ro­gated by the po­lice for three hours over the comments.

“I will co­op­er­ate with the po­lice in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion. I will con­cur with any de­ci­sion made by the au­thor­i­ties, even if I am found guilty,” he said.

On the planned “butt ex­er­cise” by Ger­akan Merah in front of Chin’s house, Ali said it would go on as planned if the lat­ter con­tin­ued with her in­ten­tion to hold the mas­sive rally.

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