|Sedition Act still relevant, says police chief|
|Saturday, 08 September 2012 09:26am|
©Malay Mail (Used by permission)
by Aizat Sharif
THE use of the Sedition Act 1948 on Janji Demokrasiparticipants who stomped on pictures of the prime minister and his wife and displayed a flag purportedly to replace the Jalur Gemilang on Merdeka eve is relevant and right.
“The Sedition Act 1948 can still be used and we have the right to use it on those who committed offences under it,” city police chief Datuk Mohmad Salleh said after attending the Kuala Lumpur police Aidilfitri celebration at Central Market here yesterday.
Present were Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar and Selangor police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah.
Police urged three individuals to come forward to help in the investigation into the incidents. They are among the 11 whose pictures were circulated by police.
Eight were actively involved in the fracas while three others were bystanders. Of the eight, five had been arrested or surrendered themselves.
On Wednesday, a 19-yearold freelance model and her 20-year-old boyfriend turned up at the South Johor Baru district police headquarters and Taman Pelangi Indah police station in Johor, respectively.
A 21-year-old printing worker in Kepong also surrendered herself at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters on Wednesday night after being allegedly involved in displaying the Sang Saka Malaya flag, and on the previous day, a 19-year-old college student who exposed his buttock at the prime minister’s picture was arrested at his college in Cheras.
It is believed that two bloggers, who called themselves Singa Selatan (Southern Lion) had displayed the Sang Saka Malaya flag.
To date, 238 police reports on the Merdeka eve incidents have been lodged.
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