Top cop tells media to be sensitive after PAS man’s Charlie Hebdo reminder

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police today urged the media to be more careful in their reports, following protests by PAS and Umno members over a cartoon by a Chinese daily.

Khalid Abu Bakar said the media had a responsibility to ensure peace in Malaysia’s multireligious society.

“I would like to remind everyone, including the media that we live in a multiracial and religious country.

“Don’t write anything that will create religious tension. We need to be careful,” Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters today.

He was asked about Penang PAS chief Muhammad Fauzi Yusof’s reminder to the media yesterday, of the 2015 terror attack in Paris over French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s portrayal of the Prophet. Twelve people were killed and 11 others injured in the incident.

Nanyang Siang Pau recently apologised over a caricature depicting PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia as monkeys, which had sparked anger among PAS and Umno supporters.

The cartoon published on Apr 8 refered to Hadi’s move last week to table a private member’s bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), which seeks to increase shariah penalties.

The cartoon had one monkey wearing a songkok and labelled as “speaker”, with another wearing a turban labelled “Hadi Awang”.

Yesterday, protesters descended upon the Nanyang Siang Pau office in Petaling Jaya, urging the paper to apologise directly to Hadi.

PAS also urged the authorities to review the daily’s publication permit.

Following that, the home ministry issued a show-cause letter to the paper’s management.