Heavy penalty for those found disrespecting flag

JOHOR BARU: Police will take stern action, as stipulated under the country’s law, against those found disrespecting the Jalur Gemilang, including hanging the Malaysian flag upside down.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said lately, there were many incidents taking place involving hanging the flag upside down.

“This act sends a mixed reaction among Malaysians as the Jalur Gemilang symbolises the country’s sovereignty,” he said in a press statement.

Comm Mohd Kamarudin said action could be taken under Section 504 of the Penal Code, Section 14 of the Minor Offences 1955 or Section 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998 against those found intentionally disrespecting the flag.

He said if found guilty, offenders could be jailed not more than two years, fined or both, while under Section 14 of the Minor Offences 1955, they could be fined not more than RM100.Comm Mohd Kamarudin said under Section 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998, they could be fined not more than RM50,000 or jailed for not more than two years or both, for inappropriately using network facilities or services.

“They could also face a penalty of RM1,000 for each day if found guilty after being charged,” he said.

Comm Mohd Kamarudin advised the public to uphold Malaysia’s sovereignty and refrain from spreading news from unverified sources which could create disharmony and peace in the country. – By ZAZALI MUSA
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