Ignore racist graffiti, Miri residents advised

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 06 Jul 2003

MIRI: The authorities here have called on the people not to overreact or be incited by the hate messages contained in graffiti written in several public places here two days ago. 

Politicians here and the state police have appealed to the people to ignore these messages and not to blow the issue out of proportion. 

Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister and Miri MP Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui yesterday described these graffiti as the work of some “sick people.” 

“The messages in these graffiti do not reflect the feelings of any group of people or any racial or religious associations. 

“This sort of thing has happened in the past and it was found that those responsible were individuals with personal grudges or grievances against particular persons,” he said. 

Chin was commenting on the racial slurs and hate messages found sprayed on the walls of public places in five locations within the town and in its outskirts on Friday morning. 

He stressed that the messages contained in the graffiti were not reflective of the actual social and economic scenario in Sarawak today.  

State Police Commissioner Datuk Mohd Fauzi Shaari said in Kuching that there was no need for Miri residents to be alarmed by these hate messages as they seemed to be the work of pranksters, not organised groups.  

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