PMO warns against improper use of coat of arms

The Prime Minister’s Office says action can be taken against those who misuse or modify Malaysia’s coat of arms.

PETALING JAYA: The government views seriously any modification to Malaysia’s coat of arms without permission, the Prime Minister’s Office said today.

It said the misuse and modification of the coat of arms was an offence under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act 1963 and that action could be taken against those responsible.

“Section 3(1)(a) states that without express written permission no person shall use the emblem or imitation of the emblem for the purpose of trade, business, occupation or profession.

“Any party who contravenes the prohibition on the use of the coats of arms may be prosecuted and punished under the Act 414 Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) 1963,” it said in a statement.

Earlier, Umno Youth had called for action against the author, editor and publisher of a book on Malaysian politics whose cover image bears a resemblance to the national coat of arms, and features a naked child flanked by two tigers with humanoid faces stepping on a crocodile.

Umno Youth leader Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki had said the book, “Rebirth: Reformasi, Resistance, And Hope In New Malaysia”, should be banned.

“Such action clearly shows the author of the book is belittling the dignity of the coat of arms and has insulted the symbol of the nation’s sovereignty,” Asyraf said.

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