JAKARTA: A Malaysian was detained in Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Barat, for wearing a T-shirt with an image of the communist hammer and sickle symbol that has been banned in the republic.
Mataram police chief Taufik was quoted by online media as saying that police detained the Malaysian, identified as Mohamad Tarmizi Mohamad Nordin, 50, at a hotel in Kota Mataram Thursday following a tip-off.
The Malaysian was found in the hotel lobby and was wearing a T-shirt with the communist symbol, he said.
According to Taufik, when questioned, Mohamad Tarmizi said he was not aware of the ban by the Indonesian government on the use of the communist symbol.
He said police seized the T-shirt and then released Mohamad Tarmizi after giving him a warning.
Mohamad Tarmizi was in Mataram on business and police did not find other communist-related items on him, said Taufik. - Bernama
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