Seorang jurugambar sebuah akhbar berbahasa Cina ditumbuk di telinga ketika satu pergelutan tercetus antara sekumpulan lelaki yang memakai baju-T 1Malaysia dengan penyokong DAP di Pulau Pinang malam tadi.
Kejadian itu berlaku pada kira-kira jam 9.30 malam apabila kira-kira 50 lelaki bermotosikal dengan memakai baju-T biru 1Malaysia didakwa cuba mengganggu ceramah yang diadakan oleh DAP di pusat gerakan PAS di Bukit Gelugor malam tadi.
Kumpulan lelaki tersebut dilihat membawa bendera BN apabila mereka tiba di tempat tersebut.
Mereka mula mengeboo dengan kuat orang ramai yang hadir dan cuba memasuki kawasan ceramah itu tetapi dihalang oleh penyokong DAP.
Perbalahan kecil berlaku antara mereka dan ketika itu berlaku, jurugambar Sin Kam Weng dari akhbar China Press ditumbuk di telinganya.
Laporan polis dibuat
Sin, 24, kemudiannya membuat laporan di balai polis berhampiran Jelutong pada jam 10.41 malam. Dia ditemani ahli Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang, Prem Anand Kumar.
Dalam laporan polisnya, Sin berkata apabila pergelutan berlaku, dia cuba untuk mengambil gambar tetapi telah ditumbuk di telinga kanan.
Menurutnya, lelaki yang menumbuknya itu memberi amaran
kepadanya supaya jangan mengambil sebarang gambar.
Sim berkata, dia memberitahu lelaki itu bahawa dia hanya mahu mengambil gambar apa yang berlaku, dan lelaki itu kemudiannya meninggalkan kawasan ceramah itu.
Ketika dihubungi, penyandang kerusi DUN Seri Delima, RSN Rayer yang merupakan salah seorang penceramah di situ malam tadi, mengesahkan bahawa kejadian itu berlaku.
"Kami terpaksa membatalkan ceramah itu atas sebab-sebab keselamatan," katanya sambil menambah bahawa Pengerusi DAP, Karpal Singh turut dijadualkan berucap tetapi ianya dibatalkan.
Kekecohan itu berlaku ketika ADUN Datuk Keramat, Jagdeep Singh Deo sedang berucap.-malaysiakini
Cameraman gets 'earful' in 1M'sia bikers scuffle...
A journalist with a Chinese daily was boxed in his ear when a scuffle broke out between a group of men sporting 1Malaysia T-shirts and DAP supporters in Penang last night.
The incident occurred around 9.30pm when about 50 men on motorcycles and sporting the blue 1Malaysia T-shirts allegedly tried to disrupt a ceramah held by DAP at the PAS operations centre in Bukit Gelugor last night.
The men were seen carrying BN flags when they arrived at the site.
They started booing loudly at the crowd who attended the event and tried to force their way into the ceramah area but were prevented from doing so by DAP supporters.
A minor altercation broke out between the two groups and in the midst of this, China Press photographer Sin Kam Weng was punched on his ear.
Police report lodged
Sin, 24, later lodged a report at the nearby Jelutong police station at 10.41pm. Accompanying him was Penang municipal councillor Prem Anand Kumar.
"When the scuffle happened, I tried to take a photograph but was punched on the right ear. The man who punched me warned me not to take any pictures," said Sin in his police report.
"When I told him I merely wanted to record what happened, he ran away from the ceramah site," he added.
When contacted, Seri Delima incumbent RSN Rayer, who was one of the speakers at the ceramah, confirmed that the incident had taken place.
"We had to cancel the talk for security reasons. DAP national chairperson Karpal Singh was scheduled to give a speech but we stopped that too," he added.
The commotion took place when incumbent Bukit Gelugor parliamentarian Karpal was giving his speech.
Karpal described the bikers’ action as a "serious assault", adding that DAP does not condone such violent culture.
He urged caretaker Prime Minister Najib Razak to advise BN supporters to respect the democratic rights of their opponents.
"We want a clean and fair fight. Fight here does not mean with violence," Karpal said, following the incident.
According to Karpal, DAP was advised by an Election Commission official to stop the ceramah as it did not have a permit for the event.- malaysiakini