FORMER law minister and DAP leader Zaid Ibrahim says he now fears for his safety and that of his family following Umno and Jamal Yunos’ antics today.
“I am worried for the safety of myself and my family following Jamal and Umno’s threats to bash my head with a sledgehammer.
“I hope the inspector-general of police will take care of our safety,” Zaid said on his Twitter account @zaidibrahim at 2.20pm today.
The former Umno MP for Kota Baru said he did not think that Umno’s leaders would calm the situation.
After burning two Zaid Ibrahim effigies on the sidelines of Umno’s 71st general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, Jamal had threatened to “hammer” in Zaid’s head today.
Armed with a sledgehammer, Jamal said: “We will use this hammer to hammer his head if no action is taken against him.”
The Sungai Besar division chief said Zaid had forgotten how to respect the sultan as taught by Umno after the lawyer allegedly tweeted a response to the Selangor sultan’s recent interview in a local paper.
“The Selangor sultan should be careful with his words. No one is immune when country burns.”
Zaid also tweeted: “When some rulers play politics; they must know the consequences. Don’t think there’s no price to pay for partisanship.”
ACCORDING to Malaysiakini:
JAMAL SMASHES ZAID’S IMAGE WITH SLEDGEHAMMER
After torching images of Zaid Ibrahim, Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos has now smashed a cardboard cutout of the former minister with a sledgehammer outside the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur this morning.
Jamal also warned that he would “hunt down” Zaid if the authorities failed to act against the latter.
“The Malaysian police is the best in Asia. If I utter the word ‘haram jadah’ (bastard), I would certainly have to spend a night in the lock-up.
“We have read about the Sultan of Selangor (Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah) being displeased (with Zaid) but where are the police? Why has no action been taken?
“Why the delay in acting against this ‘animal’. We cannot stand it, we the people of Selangor have lost our patience. If there is no action (from the authorities), tomorrow this hammer will ‘visit’ his (Zaid’s) head,” he told reporters.
Yesterday, inspector-general of police Mohd Fuzi Harun said Zaid is being investigated under the Sedition Act 1948.
This is over his remarks in response to the sultan warning that former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s anger could raze the nation.
The sultan also took Zaid to task and told the latter to return to his home state of Kelantan if he disagreed with him.
Jamal added that he was willing to die to defend the Selangor ruler.
“This is a stern warning from us. We, the rakyat of Selangor, never ever want our Sultan to be insulted.
“I am willing to die for the Sultan. I don’t care about being locked up, imprisoned for defending our Sultan. I just don’t want the ruler to be ‘hurt’ by ‘traitors’ like him (Zaid),” said Jamal, when asked whether he was concerned about legal repercussions for issuing such a warning to Zaid.
He claimed that if people like him did not stand up for the Sultan, others will start insulting the ruler.
Jamal further questioned Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali’s silence in the matter.
“Where is Azmin Ali? He should have voiced out by now.”
According to Jamal, there is no forgiveness for Zaid.
“He has hurt us Selangorians, action should be taken and punishment is given, not forgiveness,” he said, while repeatedly striking the head of Zaid’s cutout, with the sledgehammer.
– THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT / M’kini