KUALA LUMPUR: Police have taken statements of nine individuals for disrespecting the national anthem.
Bukit Aman CID D5 (Prosecution and Legal division) principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Mior Faridalatrash Wahid said police have taken statements from the nine, including a woman, aged between 34 and 64.
“They were not arrested. They were called in to have their statements taken.
“They explained that the reason they did it was as a sign of protest.
“In our investigations, it does not take into consideration signs of protests or other issues.
“The law clearly stipulates that when the Negaraku is played, it is the responsibility of Malaysians to show respect, ” he told reporters here yesterday.
He added that the case was being investigated under Section 8(3) of the National Anthem Act 1968 and Sarawak CID has referred the investigation papers to the deputy public prosecutor for further action.
“We have suggested that the nine be charged under the law, ” he explained.
It was reported that Sarawak police have called up several members of the Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) activist group who allegedly did not stand up for the national anthem, as seen in a video clip which has gone viral on social media.
The incident was said to have taken place during a fundraising dinner organised by Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) on Sept 27.
S4S spokesman Shaow Tung Leong, who was among those called by police over the incident, was quoted saying their action was a “silent protest” against the Federal Government’s “unfair” treatment of Sarawak.
Meanwhile, on the investigation into a primary school in Penang for refraining its students from reciting Muslim prayers, SAC Mior Faridalatrash said they have taken statements from five individuals and another nine would be called for their statements as well.
He added that among those who were called in to have their statements taken included the complainants and those who attended the programme.
“We have received 10 police reports, including one in Kedah and another in Selangor, ” he said, adding that among those who were called in to have their statements taken included the complainants and those who attended the programme.
He said they would call the parents and other witnesses who were relevant to the programme held on that day.
Several media portals reported that a primary school in Penang was being probed for refusing Islamic doa (prayer) recitals during one of its school programmes.
The school is being investigated under Section 505(C) of the Penal Code, for intent to incite any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community of persons.