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DAP MP sees red over latest 'threat'

RED RAGE: The staircase leading to Democratic Action Party lawmaker Teresa Kok's office in Seputeh was splashed with paint. A dead chicken and printouts with her image were also found.


    Feb 20, 2014

    DAP MP sees red over latest 'threat'


    A DEAD chicken and red paint, along with A4 printouts of Seputeh MP Teresa Kok's image, were found on the staircase leading to the Democratic Action Party lawmaker's office in Seputeh yesterday.

    A cleaner found the items and notified the manager of the building, Ms Emily Sim, who called Ms Kok.

    Ms Sim said she had filed a police report on behalf of the eight units that share the building's staircase.

    Ms Kok condemned the act, saying that she believed it was related to her satirical Onederful Malaysia CNY 2014 video.

    "It's a public area. I feel sorry for the other units that share the staircase," she said.

    It is believed that the items were thrown into the building from outside, as the gate to the staircase was locked.

    The culprit was not captured on video as the building has CCTV cameras only from the first floor onwards.

    Workers at a nearby restaurant, which opens at 6am, claim they saw the items when they opened their shop for business yesterday morning, adding that there was nothing unusual when they closed the shop at 11pm on Tuesday.

    Ms Kok revealed that on Feb 5 a wreath addressed to her was found at the entrance to the building.

    All these "threats", including a non-governmental organisation's reward offer to anyone who slapped her, have made the public upset, she said.

    "Many members of the public have expressed concern for my safety," said Ms Kok, adding that she's not considering hiring bodyguards as it is "troublesome".

    Though she feels threatened, she said she's working as usual and is relying on her colleagues to ensure her safety at functions.

    She urged social media and bloggers to stop playing up and distorting the issue, saying that "enough is enough".

    "It's really unthinkable. There's a group of people who are bent on turning everything into a racial issue, twisting simple things that I do in such a manner that it threatens my security," she said.

    Ms Kok urged the police to investigate the matter.

    City CID chief Khairi Ahrasa said the case is being investigated.

    "We believe that the incident is related to the Onederful Malaysia CNY 2014 video.

    "This is a very serious matter and investigations are being carried out to track down those behind it," he said when contacted.