Don't stir up racial sentiments, warns Bukit Aman


Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) members standing guard in front of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam Temple in USJ 25, Subang Jaya, Selangor

Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) members standing guard in front of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam Temple in USJ 25, Subang Jaya, Selangor

SUBANG JAYA: Bukit Aman will not hesitate to take stern action against anyone who threatens to stir up racial sentiments.

Bukit Aman corporate communications head, Senior Asst Comm Datuk Asmawati Ahmad, said that police have traced several fake news on various platforms which manipulate the issue involving the relocation of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple at USJ25.

"We have detected a voice note spread through WhatsApp which claims gangsters where involved in random beatings on anyone around the temple area and advising the public not to go out at night.

"We also intercepted another voice note urging Malay folk to be prepared with sharp weapons to face the Dec 8 assembly where a three-cornered face-off among the races will supposedly take place.

"A message on WhatsApp also made its rounds claiming that Bukit Aman issued a warning about random attacks occurring in Subang Jaya, Puchong, Klang and Old Klang Road after 9pm as well as pictures manipulated to make it seem that there was unrest all over the country," she said in a statement on Thursday (Nov 29).

She added that these fake news being spread has created an unnecessary level of worry over the public order situation and has touched on racial sentiments and religious sensitivities among our diverse community here.

"We advise the public not to easily believe such news which could upset and invite reactions from any party which felt threatened by such statements.

"We hold high the freedom to speak but must remind that these rights and freedom have their limits and cannot be misused for any hidden agenda," she said, adding that no one should act or make any provocative statements which could lead to unrest.

SAC Asmawati also gave assurance that the peace and public order would be maintained.

"We will take stern action against anyone who attempts to cause unrest and divide the community and gamble with our country's peaceful state.

"We also want to take this opportunity to repeat Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's statement that the riot which occurred did not involve racial or religious issues but was a criminal act which must not be given any room to ruin the unity and relationship among the races in Malaysia," she said.