GEORGETOWN, May 24 – Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng put a humorous spin on the May 21 intrusion into the state assembly by a mob, some of whom are believed to be Umno Youth members. The mob had barged into the state assembly a day after DAP’s Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer had said Umno celaka (damn Umno). Speaking at Pakatan Rakyat’s “Mega Ceramah” (Mega Speeches) in Han Chiang High School hall on Friday night, Lim claimed that the intruders had misjudged the seating arrangements in the state assembly hall.

“They entered the hall. They threw the flag onto the ground. They put their feet on the Speaker’s table,” Lim alleged in Bahasa Malaysia as the crowd booed disapprovingly. “Then they went to look for my seat, but they did not know where I was sitting. They only knew I sit at the front, but they didn’t know if I was sitting on the left or on the right. “They were looking for my bag. But I was not at the state assembly that day, so my bag was not there either. “They saw a bag at a seat on the left. They took it and flung it along the hall.

“But I sit on the right. The bag they threw belonged to the leader of the Penang opposition, an Umno leader’s bag,” claimed Lim as the crowd burst into laughter. “As Malays would say; padan muka! (in your face)” said Lim, who is also the DAP secretary-general. However, he nonetheless called on the authorities to take stern action against the intruders. Lim said the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-General should charge them and ensure that the 12 people who were detained on May 21, are jailed. He said that although those involved had claimed to be from Penang, Lim said the state government would not recognise them as Penangites as their actions were shameful.

Lim also called on voters to cast their ballots on Sunday for his party’s candidate in the Bukit Gelugor by-election, Ramkarpal Singh. Many other speakers made the same call during the ceramah, claiming that a bigger majority would send a message to Barisan Nasional and create momentum for the Teluk Intan by-election next week. Among the other prominent speakers were PR de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, as well as Ramkarpal himself who also sent words of support to DAP’s candidate there, Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud. “Dyana, tell yourself ‘I am Karpal Singh’,” said Ramkarpal, who predicted that the 27 year-old Malay female candidate would face harsher criticism from Barisan Nasional in the days running up to Teluk Intan’s polls.

However, Parit Buntar MP Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa of PAS may have received just as many laughs and cheers as any of the other PR leaders. Mujahid had dubbed himself the temporary master of ceremonies (MC) and took over the introductions of most of the PR leaders as they coincidentally entered the school hall during his speech. “The real MC has given me five extra minutes to talk since I’ve done such a good job with the introductions,” joked Mujahid near the end of his speech which mostly focused on how Umno’s behaviour did not reflect the behaviour of all Malays