Muhyiddin: Act of placing deity statue in mosque malicious and dangerous

PETALING JAYA: The act of putting a statue of a deity at a mosque in Klang is malicious and intended to insult Islam while disrupting the social harmony in the country, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic).

The Home Minister, who condemned the irresponsible act, said the police had received a few reports regarding the matter.

"I have also instructed the Inspector-General of Police to thoroughly investigate this.

"Stern action based on the rule of law must be taken against the parties responsible for committing such a despicable and provocative act," he said in a statement on Saturday (Feb 23).

Muhyiddin was commenting on the incident at the Sabilul Huda Mosque in Taman Pendamar Indah where the statue of a deity was found.

The act of insulting Islam, including provocative postings on social media, is dangerous and could stir the anger of Muslims, he added.

On Feb 19, police detained a 68-year-old man for allegedly posting comments insulting Islam on his Facebook page.

"The suspect has been identified and investigations are underway. I believe the Deputy Public Prosecutor will make a decision on prosecuting the suspect soon," he said.

Muhyiddin said the ministry would not compromise on any act that insulted religions and that could jeopardise the country's racial and religious harmony.

"Those responsible for stirring tension among the different races and religions in the country must be arrested based on the law, and prosecuted and punished if found guilty," he said.