BN assemblymen walk out of state assembly in protest of racist remark
Posted on May 7, 2012, Monday
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen staged a walkout from the State Assembly during today’s sitting in protest of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s statement which they regarded as seditious and racist.
The incident happened when Tanasekharan Audherapady (DAP-Bagan Dalam) was debating the motion of thanks on the opening speech by the Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.
He claimed that the minority group was always neglected when BN was in power.
At this juncture, Lim interjected said: “If Umno come back to power, I think all the Hindu temples will be in jeopardy”.
This led to Opposition Chief Datuk Azhar Ibrahim (BN-Penaga) to object and demanded Lim to retract the statement and apologise.
However, Lim refused, resulting in Azhar to call on his colleagues to leave the hall in protest.
All the 10 BN assemblymen present walked out of the assembly. Another, Datuk Roslan Saidin (BN-Pinang Tunggal) was not present.
BN has 11 assemblymen in the Penang State Assembly.
Speaking to reporters later, Azhar said they regretted Lim’s attitude for refusing to retract his statement.– BERNAMA