‘ Black Shirts’ de­mand Lim’s res­ig­na­tion

> Group also wants chief min­is­ter to with­draw sup­port for Ber­sih rally


GE­ORGE TOWN: The at­mos­phere dur­ing lunchtime at the Pe­nang govern­ment of­fices at Kom­tar here turned bois­ter­ous yes­ter­day af­ter pro­test­ers clad in black Tshirts gath­ered at the iconic build­ing to de­mand Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng step down, pend­ing charges of graft and abuse of power against him.

The group, about a thou­sand-strong, had gath­ered at Me­nara Umno in Jalan Ma­cal­is­ter here be­fore march­ing about 2km to Kom­tar at about 2pm.

They shouted out de­mands for Lim to re­sign while po­lice­men as­sem­bled to en­sure no un­to­ward in­ci­dents took place.

Pe­nang Umno Youth chief Rafizal Rahim, who spoke on be­half of the pro­test­ers, called on Lim to re­sign pend­ing the dis­po­si­tion of the charges by a court.

He said a sim­i­lar protest would be held near Lim’s res­i­dence in Jalan Pin­horn if the two-term chief min­is­ter does not step down.“We will keep protesting if our de­mands are not met,” he said, as demon­stra­tors cheered in sup­port.

Rafizal also de­liv­ered a six-point mem­o­ran­dum, which was re­ceived by state in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Za­hari Zainul, af­ter which the demon­stra­tors peace­fully dis­persed.

The mem­o­ran­dum urged Lim to re­sign, re­tract his sup­port for the Ber­sih 5.0 rally, called on the state to build more low-cost hous­ing, ad­dress de­vel­op­ment is­sues, stop de­vel­op­ment of the hills and to stop re­claim­ing land.

When con­tacted, Lim’s po­lit­i­calsec­re­tary Wong Hon Wai con­demned the rally, which he de­scribed as un­called for.

He ques­tioned the in­volve­ment of the youth par­tic­i­pants, whom he claimed were mostly un­der­age.

“It is wor­ry­ing to see the in­volve­ment of these youths. They should not be used as a tool to pro­mote this pro­pa­ganda,” said the Air Itam as­sem­bly­man.

He added that the demon­stra­tion also caused a mas­sive grid­lock and un­ease to the pub­lic.

A sec­tion of the huge crowd at Kom­tar yes­ter­day.

Azmin (right) show­ing Wan Ju­naidi a sam­ple of pol­luted wa­ter taken from Sun­gai Buah in Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan.

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