Perak DAP Chairman and former Senior Exco under DAP-puppet Menteri Besar’s Perak State Government Ngeh Koo Ham should not think that Malaysians have forgotten about his anti-Islam statement two years ago when he is taking pot shots against Agriculture Minister Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob.
The pro-Anwarista portal story:
Ngeh demands apology, threatens to sue Ismail Sabri over Facebook post
By EILEEN NG
Published: 2 February 2015 4:59 PM
Perak DAP adviser Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham has denied ever owning any shares in the popular cafe chain Old Town White Coffee. – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 2, 2015.
The DAP’s Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham will sue Cabinet minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob for saying that he owns shares in the Old Town White Coffee café franchise and that he is anti-Islam unless the Barisan Nasional politician retracts the claims.
The Perak DAP adviser is giving the Agriculture and Agro-based Industries minister 48 hours to take back his remarks which were posted on his Facebook account, urging Malay consumers to boycott Chinese businesses.
“There is not an iota of truth that I have shares in Old Town White Coffee or that I am anti-Islam.
“I never have, neither have I now nor in any part of my life, had shares in Old Town White Coffee,” he told The Malaysian Insider today, noting that this was an old allegation that he had repeatedly denied in the past.
Ngeh also said he was not anti-Islam, citing his social work among the Muslim community in Perak, where is the Beruas MP.
Ngeh said he would lodge a police report against Ismail Sabri in Ipoh tomorrow and urged the minister to apologise quickly.
The DAP politician also said he was shocked that the minister, who was his senior at the law faculty of Universiti Malaya, would make such a racist claim.
“I know him personally, he should have called me to verify the claims,” he said.
In his Facebook post, Ismail Sabri said Malay consumers had a role in helping the government fight profiteers by using their collective power to lower the price of goods.
“Forgive me for sharing my views, but besides the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, which uses the Price Control Act and the Anti-Profiteering Act to act against traders who raise their prices indiscriminately, the greatest power lies with consumers.
“The majority of consumers are Malay, Chinese are a minority, if the Malays boycott their businesses, they will surely have no choice but to reduce their prices,” he posted on the social networking site.
Ismail Sabri, who was the former domestic trade and consumerism minister, confirmed to The Malaysian Insider that the statement was made by him on his Facebook account.
The post has been shared numerous times by other Facebook users and several also congratulated him for being “bold” in his statement.
Ismail Sabri had also singled out the Old Town White Coffee café chain owned by OldTown Bhd, saying Ngeh owned shares in the company.
“Malays are still refusing to boycott (Old Town White Coffee) what more when its owner is said to be the DAP Ngeh family of Perak who are known to be anti-Islam.
“As long as the Malays don’t change, the Chinese will take the opportunity to oppress the Malays,” said Ismail Sabri.
Ngeh today said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should reprimand the agriculture minister for his remarks.
“Najib has always been proud of his 1Malaysia slogan. He should ask himself whether this minister is fit to lead the country.
“I am shocked that a minister can be so racist. How can he make a statement based on total lies?” he asked.
Ismail Sabri told The Malaysian Insider that his statement was directed at Chinese businesses whom he said were “reluctant” to lower their prices.
“I am referring to Chinese traders who are reluctant to reduce the prices of goods even though the price of petrol has come down.
“What I want to emphasise is for people not to depend solely on the government to ensure the price of goods comes down because as consumers, they can use their power to pressure businesses,” he said. –
Maybe Ngeh should be reminded of his anti-Islam statement via his twitter almost two and half years ago.
The Star story:
Wednesday September 19, 2012
Uproar over Ngeh’s tweet on anti-Islam video
PETALING JAYA: Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham has sparked an uproar over his tweet questioning whether Muslims were “wasting time and energy” in protesting the controversial anti-Islam Innocence of Muslims video clip.
Politicians from both sides of the divide banded together to hit out at Ngeh, with many calling him insensitive.
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin described Ngeh’s comments as insensitive and offensive, adding: “It clearly shows that he and DAP have failed to understand Islam and Muslims, our respect for the Prophet and our feelings.”
He also noted that Ngeh had indirectly criticised PAS who were planning to join a peaceful assembly on Friday over the matter.
“No wonder PAS cannot trust DAP when their senior leaders regularly betray a lack of respect for Muslims,” Khairy said.
In his Twitter account, Ngeh, who is Sitiawan assemblyman, posted: “Khairy wants Muslim protest against Sam Bacile. For Islam or his political gains? Are Muslims wasting too much time and energy on this?”
It was reported that Umno and PAS members are planning a massive protest on Friday against the anti-Islam film that mocks and insults Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.
Information, Culture and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim tweeted that Ngeh was unfit to be a political leader for denying the rights of Muslims to uphold their religion.
PAS Youth secretary Khairul Faizi Ahmad Kamil said Ngeh should be careful with his statements, pointing out that it was not Khairy who mooted the idea to hold a massive protest on Friday.
“This issue involves all Muslims and it is mandatory for Muslims to protect the good name of Prophet Muhammad regardless of their political affiliation,” he said yesterday.
Kota Belud MP Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Ngeh displayed “extreme insensitivity” in questioning whether the planned protest was politically motivated.
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Ngeh’s comments reflected insensitivity towards the feelings of Muslims.
He stressed that the displeasure against the video clip had nothing to do with politics and that even Google and YouTube had taken measures to deal with the matter.
“How can people in our country use this as a political tool? This is the problem with some, especially in DAP, who always look at things with a political slant,” he said.
Former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim said the remark by Ngeh was unsustainable and uncalled for.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir slammed Ngeh, saying it was not right for him to make such a statement especially in relation to such a sensitive issue.
Three police reports have been lodged against Ngeh.
Ngeh said he was very disappointed that some people had twisted the meaning of his tweet, reiterating that he respected the rights of everyone to protest or demonstrate.
“There is no doubt that I condemn the video but my tweet was a question and not a statement as some have claimed, belittled Islam,” he said.
“I agree with the Malaysian Young Ulama that there needs to be restrain and a need to not cause further unrest. We should focus on the person who made the video and not the whole of the United States, where there are also Muslims living.”
February 2, 2015.
It does not matter if latter Ngeh apologised. The fact is that, he is anti-Islam. It is also reflective when he had a twitter banter with former Perkasa Youth Chief Armand Azha on Old Town’s White Coffee Halal certification.
Isn’t it funny that Ngeh came into the defence of Old Town White Coffee in that intensity?
The fact is that Ngeh is cornered by his own statements.