Police open files on five BFM radio presenters after Muslim groups lodge reports against them for challenging the sovereignty of Islam.
PETALING JAYA: After being slapped with a fine of RM10,000 for holding a radio talk show on the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims, BFM radio station has found themselves in hot soup again after Muslim groups lodged reports with the police regarding other talk shows held that dwelt on Islam, asking that the presenters be investigated for sedition.
According to an article on The Malaysian Insider, Deputy Kuala Lumpur CID Chief Assistant Commissioner Khairi Ahrasa confirmed the police reports and said investigations were now underway under Section 505(c) of the Penal Code for inciting or stirring up prejudicial feelings.
The five presenters who would have to give police their statements are Sharaad Kuttan, Umapagan Ampikaipakan, Ezra Zaid, Caroline Oh and Patrick Teoh.
Among the Muslim groups who lodged the police reports were Malaysia Islamic Consumers Association (PPIM) and Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) who took issue with the range of topics discussed that included the ban on the use of Allah by non-Muslims, the wearing of headscarfs by Muslim women and the consumption of “halal” meat.
Speaking to Malaysiakini, Isma vice-president Aminuddin Yahya said, “This is a strategy by the liberals (BFM) to break apart the racial harmony in Malaysia.
“They are trying to destroy the integrity of Islam and create confusion among the people.”
PPIM official Mohd Mustaffa Hamzah meanwhile said he was worried that the views of those on the talk show would be misconstrued by the young.
“They will begin to hate Islam, the law, the rights of Malays and the New Economic Policy,” he explained.
In reacting to the RM10,000 fine slapped on the radio station for a talk show aired last year, NGO Empower expressed their “outrage” saying, “The RM10,000 fine is symptomatic of the shrinking democratic space in Malaysia, and the ever-larger threats against freedom of expression and information in the country.”