Cops investigating who gave orders to school to remove CNY decor

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Jan 2020

SERDANG: Police will carry out internal investigations into allegations that the police themselves had advised a school here to take down its Chinese New Year decorations.

Serdang OCPD Asst Comm Ismadi Borhan said disciplinary action would be taken if it was proven that police personnel were the ones who gave the advice.

"We are currently investigating this allegation," he said on Thursday (Jan 9).

This comes after DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng claimed that the decorations at SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong (1) in Pusat Bandar Puchong were taken down following police advice.

ACP Ismadi also said police have taken statements from a few individuals, including Putra vice-president Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz, school administrators and members of the school's Parent-Teacher Association.

He added police received two reports on the incident on Wednesday (Jan 8) and will be investigating the case under Section 505(c) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Section 505(c) deals with making, publishing or circulating any statement, rumour or report with intent to incite or which is likely to incite any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community of persons whereas Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 is for improper use of network facilities or network services.

On Monday (Jan 6), Khairul wrote a letter to the school's principal, claiming that some parents were displeased over the "excessive" Chinese New Year decorations claiming that it was akin to proselytisation.

His letter and pictures of the school's decorations went viral, launching discussions on social media.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister's Office issued a statement saying that it was normal to put up festive decorations and that the Cabinet was against racist and extremist acts, as it would affect unity in the country.

A delegation of ministers led by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also visited the school where she advised people not to create issues that could lead to disunity.

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