Nazri being probed for sedition, says top cop

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

KUALA LUMPUR: Top cop Mohamad Fuzi Harun today confirmed that Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Nazri Aziz is being investigated under the Sedition Act 1948 over his controversial campaign speech in Semenyih.

Fuzi said the police were also completing investigation papers into Nazri’s speech, which would be handed over to the deputy public prosecutor.

“So far, there has been one police report made against Nazri,” he said in a press conference in Cheras here.

“We are also taking statements from those whom we believe may be connected to the issue.”

In his speech on Saturday, Nazri was said to have questioned the appointment of non-Muslims as the attorney-general, chief justice and finance minister, saying this meant they could not be sworn in using the Quran.

The Padang Rengas MP also reportedly warned non-Malays not to question Malay special privileges, saying that non-Malays also have their vernacular schools to preserve.

He later defended his speech, saying he had only asked that all quarters respect the rights of Malays as well as non-Malays.

Regarding his statement on the attorney-general, he said he was merely conveying the people’s concerns over the way the case of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim was handled.

“I am merely voicing out the unhappiness of the people on the ground. That certainly cannot be considered seditious,” he said.

Nazri was earlier criticised by rights group Lawyers for Liberty (LFL), which said his remark on the attorney-general was “an insult to all Malays in the country”.

LFL executive director Latheefa Koya also slammed Nazri’s claim that a non-Muslim could not be sworn in on the Quran, saying the Federal Constitution makes no requirement for an oath of office for the attorney-general.

“Is Nazri trying to re-write the constitution by adding a race requirement?”