The police have arrested a member of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to help in the investigation into an alleged death threat issued against Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Sarawak CID chief Datuk Zulkifli Hassan said.
He said the 34-year-old man, who is a member of the Sarawak Angkatan
Muda Keadilan (AMK), was held at 9.20 pm Monday when he was at the
Kuching international airport with several PKR members to see off
Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) chairman Badrul Hisham Shahrin,
also known as Chegubard, who was returning to Kuala Lumpur.
The police had obtained a court order to remand him for three days, he said.
The suspect is believed to have posted on a Facebook account on Dec
27 a statement allegedly containing words constituting a death threat
against Taib, he added.
Speaking at a press conference here Monday, Ong said he had learnt from his weakness and was a new man, adding that he wanted to bring the party closer to the people.
Offering his services to the party, he said his experience as an MP
since 1989 and ability to interact warmly with the people would help
foster closer ties and regain their confidence.
"I will do what I can to bring the party closer to the people, regardless of race," he said.
Ong acknowledged that he has been called "lone ranger" but pointed
out that he would not have survived as an MP if he truly had been a lone
"Whether it is true or not, I will leave it up to the wisdom of party members and the people.
"I humbly and sincerely seek the support of the people and the party," he added.
Ong was previously elected as MCA president in October, 2008, and
remained in the post until March, 2010 when he was ousted by current
president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
He was also the Pandan MP for two terms from 2004, and Transport
Minister from 2008 to 2010. Ong did not contest in the 13th general
election in May.