IGP warns atheist group not to cause uneasiness

Khalid-Abu-Bakar-ateis-malaysia-ramai-1KUALA LUMPUR: Police today warned an atheist group not to cause uneasiness among Malaysians, particularly the Muslims, with their activities.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, who issued the warning, said the group must abide by the laws.

“I advise this atheist group not to cause uneasiness, particularly among Muslims who reject atheism,” he told a news conference after witnessing a transfer of duty in the narcotics criminal investigation department and pinning on new rank insignias for senior officers.

Last week, the special officer to the prime minister, Rizal Mansor, expressed his concern over the appearance of an atheist club in Malaysia.

Rizal said the club should not be treated lightly.

Khalid said the nation’s constitution recognised Islam as the official religion without any provision in it for atheism.

He said the police would scrutinise the existing laws to enable appropriate action to be taken should the atheist group cause anxiety among Muslims.

The IGP was also asked what action the police would take if the group received threats from Muslims.

“If they are threatened and there is an infringement of the laws, we will investigate and take action,” he said.

On the discovery of the body of a South Korean woman found bound in a hotel room toilet in Genting Highlands today, Khalid said police had identified the killer and were hunting him.

“We believe the killer is a Korean citizen and we have alerted the authorities at all exit points to detain him if he tries to leave the country.

“This case involves a gambling debt. We believe it is connected with lending money to South Koreans to gamble in Genting Highlands.

“When the borrower is unable to repay, this sort of thing happens,” he said.

On the issue of Selangor menteri besar Azmin Ali seeking a court order to compel the IGP to arrest businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low in connection with the 1MDB scandal, Khalid said he would wait for the court’s decision.

“No matter, we wait for the court’s order,” he said.