Don’t trigger issues on race, religion, royalty, Muhyiddin warns

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has expressed concern over rising sentiments regarding race, religion and royalty (3R) in the country recently.

He said police data showed the number of incidents involving these three issues had doubled since the beginning of the year when compared to last year.

“Irresponsible people may trigger the sentiments of the people. We cannot compromise with these people as this is not good for the country,” he told reporters at Akademi Kenegaraan BTN today.

He said as the minister in charge, he would not tolerate anyone who provoked the people and breached the peace.

He said he had instructed police to take all necessary action to preserve the peace and unity in the country.

“If we can’t control the situation, it will create instability in the country and affect all the progress we have achieved all this while.”

He said Malaysia is a multiracial country with multiple religions. The contributions of all races to the progress of the country could not be forgotten and were part of history.

“Don’t bring up matters which have already been agreed upon, like religion, the right of the Bumiputeras and the role of the royal institution.”

Muhyiddin meets Mohd Zarif Hashim, who is CEO of Sapura Secured Technologies and adviser to Akademi Harimau Malaysia.

Earlier this week, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador had warned all quarters to stop raising sensitive issues and to cease all forms of action that could aggravate the situation, including holding “peaceful” assemblies.

He said police would take action against the organisers and participants of assemblies that could jeopardise public order and national security.

Muhyiddin said he would leave it to police to take action against the two men who were arrested for participating in the anti-khat rally in Brickfields last night.

He reminded the people that the Sedition Act had not been repealed. “I have told police to use it as long as it is still there.”

Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim said the two men detained, aged 34 and 67, were nabbed for offences under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) for attending the illegal gathering.

Mazlan said the gathering, held from 7pm to 8.30pm, did not get police approval as it failed to fulfil requirements under the PAA.