Ali Tinju claims media misquoted him
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.