Paint attack: An act of a coward

Another PKR leader comes under attack
Fauwaz Abdul Aziz
Feb 12, 07 2:32pm
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Barely a month after a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leader was held up by armed assailants, party deputy secretary-general Dr Xavier Jeyakumar has also come under attack. 

He was jolted awake about 1.30am today by the sound of glass smashing against the wall of his semi-detached house in Taman Klang Jaya. Above the sound of his Labrador dogs barking, he heard a motorcycle speeding away.

On opening the front door, Xavier found that two glass bottles filled with white paint had been thrown from outside the gate and against the porch wall.

The floor and walls of the porch, front door, the Toyota and Volvo vehicles and his two dogs, were splashed with paint.

Apart from shattered glass strewn about, there was no damage. Xavier estimates that it will cost about RM1,000 to clean up the porch and get the paint off his cars.

“My family is very shaken by the incident. This has never happened to me before,” he said.

Xavier said his activities with the party, which involve issues of development and touch on the material interests of certain quarters, has most likely raised the ire of certain quarters.

“We’re involved in disputes over land, squatter housing, land developers and so on. We often get close to (challenging) big interests of some quarters. This was definitely a threat, a warning of some sort,” said Xavier.

“I’m just glad it was white paint and not red or some other colour that would have indicated a different message.”

On Jan 19, PKR vice-president Azmin Ali was attacked in front of his residence in Ampang by four men, two of whom wielded a parang and an iron rod. They forced him to surrender his mobile phone and RM2,000 in cash. 

Like Azmin, Xavier said he does not rule out the possibility of the attack being politically motivated.

“I don’t know if what happened last night was in any way related to the incident with Azmin, but this was definitely related to my political activities. I have no enemies on a personal level,” he added.

Klang district police, who responded to his call, took a statement from him at his house.

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