Cops unprofessional to remove billboards, says #BebasAnwar campaign organiser

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 Mar 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: The organiser of the #BebasAnwar campaign is disappointed over the action of the police for taking down the billboards in Selangor.

"This should not happen as the billboards are under the jurisdiction of the local authorities, and not the police,” said its chairman Adrian Lim Chee En.

On Saturday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, via his Twitter account, called on local authorities in Selangor to take down the billboards.

Speaking to reporters here Tuesday, Lim described the decision by  Khalid to be “unprofessional".

Khalid had said that the billboards description of Anwar as a tahanan politik (political prisoner) could be considered seditious and could confuse the people.

"I feel that the Inspector-General of Police should be more discerning with the official channels he uses.

"As he might like to use Twitter, he may feel that Twitter is one of the official channels to use in order to take action," said Lim.

On Khalid's concern that the words “political prisoner” were seditious, Lim said a number of international organisations have recognised jailed former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as being such.

"I want to ask if he (Khalid) is accusing international organisations like the United Nations and Amnesty International as being seditious?" asked Lim.

On Wednesday, Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos had organised a demonstration where he threatened to burn all the #BebasAnwar billboards if the Selangor government did not remove them.


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