KUALA LUMPUR: Nine individuals, including Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department P. Waytha Moorthy will be called for their statements over recent comments that allegedly sparked racial tensions.
The remaining individuals are Pertubuhan Jaringan Melayu Malaysia President Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah Ariffin Abu Bakar, blogger Ragvinder Singh Jess, G3 deputy president Amran Ahmad Nor, Tanah Rata assemblyman Chiong Yoke Kong, Tras assemblyman Chow Yu Hui, Lau Shan Thean and Muhamad Edi Mohamad Riyars, aka Edi Rejang.
These individuals were named by Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim (pic) in a press conference today (Nov 23) at Bukit Aman.
It is believed that the former deputy prime minister was named in one of the reports lodged.
“The police view the recent statements issued by various parties that touched on religious and racial sentiments very seriously. The unrest is evident in over 160 police reports lodged recently.
“The police value the right of free speech. However, that right should be practised with responsibility and within the confines of the law. The police will not hesitate to take action to ensure public safety and national security is maintained,” he said.
He added that investigation papers under Section 504,505,506 of the Penal Code for provoking breach of peace, statements conducting public mischief and criminal intimidation.
In a separate matter, Noor Rashid confirmed that the police will call investigative journalist Clare Rewcastle-Brown to record her statement. However, he did not disclose the reason.
It is believed that she will address the media later regarding the matter.
On the proposed rally on Dec 8 to oppose the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), Noor Rashid said that the organisers had already submitted their permit.
“We will interview the organisers about it. It is to make sure the organisers will ensure the rally will abide by the law and that it will proceed peacefully,” he said when asked.