KUALA LUMPUR, June 28 (Bernama) -- Seri Gading MP Datuk Mohamad Aziz of the Barisan Nasional (BN) today hit out at Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for allegedly twisting his remark in the Dewan Rakyat on the issue of having Bersih 3.0 co-chairman Datuk S. Ambiga hanged for treason.
Mohamad said his remark in the house of representatives on Tuesday was in the form of a question, thus: "Are we not to assume that Ambiga is a traitor to His Majesty, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and should be hanged?"
The remark was a question in the context of national security upholding the constitution by holding steadfast to the principles of the Rukun Negara, he told reporters at the lobby of Parliament House, here.
Mohamad said he made the remark because the Bersih 3.0 gathering, of which Ambiga was the co-chairman, could have threatened peace and jeopardised public safety, was against the police, damaged public property and tarnished the nation's image.
He also said that he suspected foreign interference in the gathering, evident from the presence of foreign diplomats and MPs, which indicated an alliance "from within" which wanted foreign interference that could tarnish the sovereignty of Malaysia.
"As such, if Ambiga or anyone else are found to have committed treason, they must be penalised according to the law," he said.
Mohamad said that in his speech during the debate in the Dewan Rakyat, he had never linked the issue to the Indian community and that the DAP's move to connect the issue with the community demonstrated bad faith by the opposition party.
He asked the Indian community in the country not to fall prey to what he claimed to be the narrow politics of the DAP.
Yesterday, Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general and MP for Bagan, told reporters at the lobby of Parliament House that the DAP would lodge a police report today over Mohamad's remark which he claimed constituted a threat to Ambiga's life.