Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein has now denied that he had told an on-line news portal that the safety of the opposition conducting a meet-the-people/ceramah tour in Johor could not be guaranteed and that it was up to the people of Johor to decide.
He said he had been misquoted and that what he had said had been twisted and spun. He now claims that he had used the word "position" and not "safety" as alleged. What he had meant was that the position of the opposition in Johor state could not be guaranteed, and that it was up to the people of Johor whether to accept the opposition or not.
However, one-time opposition leader Lim Kiat Siang maintains that Hishamuddin had actually said that the safety of the opposition could not be guaranteed.
If what the Home Minister was alleged to have said originally is correct, it is really shocking, coming form the man in charge of the police department and internal security.
Shouldn't the safety of all Malaysians, whether they are for the opposition or the ruling coalition, be the concern of the police and not be left to certain people to decide?!