Home Ministry: Ridhuan being probed for incitement

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KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial preacher Ridhuan Tee Abdullah is under investigation for issuing statements that are allegedly inflammatory, said the Home Ministry.

In a Dewan Rakyat written reply to Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan), the ministry said one of the statements in question was Ridhuan’s claim that Chinese athletes were unpatriotic as they were only looking for monetary rewards.

Ridhuan had in the same article, which was published in Sinar Harian, also claimed that Malay athletes were sidelined and deprived of the same attention provided to the non-Malays.

“The investigation into this case is still ongoing under Section 505(c) of the Penal Code,” said the ministry.

The said section makes it an offence for an individual to “incite any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community of persons”.

The Home Ministry, headed by Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, added that another investigation paper opened against Ridhuan, which had allegedlly touched on the sensitivities of the Indian community by questioning their rights, had been submitted to the deputy public prosecutor (DPP).

Lim had questioned the ministry’s action against Ridhuan and Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

In regards to Ismail and his alleged call for the Malays to boycott Chinese traders, the ministry said an investigation paper was opened and handed to the DPP on March 25 this year.

Ismail was reported to have made the statement while holding the post of agriculture and agro-based industry minister.

He had allegedly made the call on his Facebook account, urging for the boycott which, he said, would leave Chinese businesses with no choice but to lower the prices of their goods.

Ismail, however, later clarified his statement, saying that it was directed only to those who refused to stop charging exorbitant prices for their services.

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