Cops probing forum on Rome Statute under Sedition Act, says IGP


PETALING JAYA: Police will investigate the forum on the Rome Statute, organised at Universiti Malaya on Saturday (April 27), under the Sedition Act, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

The IGP said several reports had been lodged over the forum and police would be calling in several people involved, including the organisers, to record their statements.

Mohamad Fuzi added that several police reports had also been lodged against PKR leader and former academician Prof Dr Syed Husin Ali over his remarks at the forum.

“We have received several reports and are investigating the matter. We will investigate under the Sedition Act and all other available laws,” he said after launching the new Brickfields police headquarters on Monday (April 29).

The NGO Sahabat Erat dan Amanat Rakyat (Sedar) lodged a police report at the Brickfields police station hours after the forum, claiming that Syed Husin had uttered words that evoked hatred against the Rulers during the discussion.

Sedar president Nazrin Norani filed the report.

“The statement (by Syed Husin) was followed by thunderous clapping from the audience at the forum and there was no reaction or statement to debunk that provocative statement from moderator Kamarul Bahrin Haron or Attorney General Tommy Thomas.

“Syed Husin had uttered those word to provoke others to go against the Malay Rulers,” Nazrin alleged in his report.

The forum on the Rome Statute was organised by civil society groups including Patriot, Sisters in Islam, G25, Abim and Gerak.

Apart from Tommy and Syed Husin, other panellists were UM constitutional law expert Emeritus Professor Datuk Shad Saleem Faruqi and former student activists Asheeq Ali Sethi Alavi and Lim Wei Jiat.