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Police report against Utusan over ‘haram’ headline

 | August 9, 2012

DAP is also mulling a civil suit.

SEREMBAN: Negeri Sembilan DAP has lodged a police report against Utusan Malaysia over its front-page headline yesterday, which said it would be a sin for Muslims to support DAP.

The police report, filed by Negeri Sembilan DAP legal bureau deputy chief Lt Col Roseli Abdul Ghani, also complained against Abdullah Sa’amah, the man quoted by the paper as making the religious ruling.

Abdullah is the founder of Pondok Geting, a traditional religious school in Tumpat, Kelantan.

Roseli made his report at the Seremban police headquarters. He was accompanied by a large group of DAP members.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, he said DAP was also considering filing a civil suit against both Utusan Malaysia and Abdullah.

“Who is this man Abdullah Sa’amah?” he said. “Is he is an ulama recognised by the Kelantan state government? On what basis is he saying that it is sinful for Muslims to support DAP?

“I urge the police to investigate Abdullah for spreading a deviant teaching.”

He said Utusan Malaysia should not have published such an “irresponsible report”.

Seremban MP John Fernandez said both Abdullah and Utusan Malaysia could be charged under the Sedition Act for causing ill will between different races.

“It could be an offence under Section 4 of the Sedition Act 1948,” he said.

The offensive story was the Page One lead in yesterday’s edition of Utusan Malaysia. It quoted Abdullah as calling on Muslims not to support DAP because of its stance against the implementation of the hudud provisions of Islamic law.

Abdullah also said it would be wrong for Muslims to support any party cooperating with DAP.


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