PENANG: Police have issued a warrant of arrest for a Sri Lankan gems trader who had allegedly hurled abuses at the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in the Kapitan Keling Mosque compound after Friday prayers.
A spokesman from the Criminal Investigation Department at the Patani Road police station said they were looking for the man for reportedly slandering and defaming the country’s sovereignty.
He was last seen hurling abuses at the King in the mosque compound at 2pm.
The spokesman said police was acting on a report lodged by a member of Universiti Sains Malaysia’s teaching staff, Mohd Said Mohd Nagoor, 54, who was verbally abused when he reprimanded the man.
Mohd Said, who is also a member of Tanjung Umno division and the Penang Muslim League, said he confronted the trader who was calling the King all sorts of names.
“I was shocked to hear such vile words being said about our King. I walked up to him and told him to shut up.
“But he shouted back, asking me who I am. He even dared me to call the police.
“At that point, many of those who congregated for the Friday prayers surrounded him, determined to bash him up. So I quickly went to the central police headquarters to lodge a report,” he said.
He said the trader should be arrested for disrespecting our sovereignty and the local authorities should put up notices at the mosque compound to warn foreigners of such gross behaviours.
He added that the trader, who was big sized, bald and sporting a beard, was believed to be a precious stone supplier for jewellers along Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling.