Men in briefs bearing national flag print arrested

polis-seluarPETALING JAYA: A group of foreign spectators who attended yesterday’s Sepang F1 Grand Prix race were arrested for inappropriate behaviour when they stripped down to their underwear bearing a Jalur Gemilang print.

“Friends of PDRM” uploaded two pictures on its Facebook page today showing the group of half-naked Caucasians clad only in Jalur Gemilang-printed underwear, cheering after the race ended.

“Congratulations to the authorities who took action in nabbing the foreign crowd wearing the Jalur Gemilang underwear.

“We hope the police will also investigate and prosecute the maker of the undergarments,” Friends of the PDRM said, adding that as Malaysians, the general public should defend Asian cultural values.

Sepang police chief Abdul Aziz Ali confirmed the men in the image were arrested, but refused to specify how many were nabbed.

“Yes, we have opened two investigation papers to probe into the matter,” he told FMT.

He said the case would be investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code for “intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace” and Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act for insulting behaviour.

Abdul Aziz said they would apply for a remand order against the suspects at the Magistrate’s Court today to help facilitate the investigations.

The foreigners’ action in wearing underwear depicting the national flag did not go down well with Malaysians on the Internet.

User Wizz Key said there “must be a motive”. “How did they get those briefs in the first place if there is no one selling them,” he asked.

Netizen Seth Tan called for the authorities to arrest the men and added: “Let them know we have our own laws here. It is annoying to see such images.”

Mohammad Aidil echoed Tan’s sentiments, calling on the police not to take the matter lightly as it involved the country’s dignity.