Stop raising sensitive issues, peaceful assemblies, says IGP

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador says investigations into several cases are ongoing.

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have warned all quarters to stop raising sensitive issues and to cease all forms of action that can aggravate the situation, including planned peaceful assemblies.

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said police would take action as provided for by the law against the organisers and participants of assemblies that can jeopardise public order and national security.

“As part of a multi-racial and multi-religious society, we must have mutual respect and tolerance for one another,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Hamid said the police had conducted investigations into sensitive cases, like the national flag being hung upside down, Dr Zakir Naik’s lectures, and the Jawi script issue.

He said the investigation into Naik’s case was almost completed and the investigation papers would be submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) soon for further action, adding that 515 reports had been received.

He said the case was being investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code by Bukit Aman, and Naik and several witnesses had been called up for their statements to be recorded.

“Zakir is also abiding by the police directive not to continue with his series of lectures throughout the country,” he said.

On cases of the Jalur Gemilang being placed upside down, Hamid said police had received 68 reports and opened 19 investigation papers.

He said investigations were being conducted under Section 504 of the Penal Code, Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955 and would be referred to the AGC soon.

He also said 24 police reports had been received on the jawi script issue and Bukit Aman police had recorded statements from the chairman and secretary of of the Chinese education movement Dong Zong.

“We are still investigating the case under Section 504 of the Penal Code,” he added.