KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 19 police reports have been lodged in connection with several issues concerning the Rohingya community in the country, says Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed (pic).
The Bukit Aman CID director said the police were aware that issues involving the Rohingya people were actively being discussed on social media during the movement control order period (MCO).
"The situation became worse when a group of Rohingya men did a Facebook live session and insulted as well as threatened Malaysians, especially the Malays.
"From April 25 until April 28, we received 19 police reports, of which four investigation papers were opened, including the Facebook Live session mentioned earlier," he said in a statement on Wednesday (April 29).
On the Facebook live session involving the Rohingya men that threatened and insulted the Malaysians, Comm Huzir said the live session used a Facebook account of Villan Vicky, a Rohingya who had stayed in Malaysia previously but is now residing in the United States.
"The Rohingya men in the live sessions used foul words to insult Malaysians and made derogatory comments on sexual acts.
"The four men claimed that they resorted to the insults as the Malays had provoked them first. However, towards the end of the video, the suspects claimed their anger was never meant for the Malays but instead it was directed to Rohingya NGO leader Zafar Ahmad.
"They felt that Zafar was trying very hard to become a Malay," Comm Huzir said.
The same suspects also showed a video of them undergoing firearms' training to defend themselves, he added.
"The suspects also threatened to shoot anyone who trespassed into their territory, he added.
"They claimed that Zafar does not represent the voice of the Rohingya people in Malaysia and the Rohingya enjoyed more rights in the United States compared to Malaysia," Comm Huzir said.
The videos have led to a misunderstanding between various parties, which led to severe insults and threats being exchanged, he added.
Comm Huzir urged the public to stop any speculations on current investigations being conducted by the Bukit Aman CID's Special Investigation Unit.
"Any article or statement on this issue should not be shared on social media or other platforms.We feel the viralling of such issues will lead to tension and disharmony in the country and we will take stern action against those who cause public distress," he said.
The police will not compromise in taking action to preserve the safety and security of the country, Comm Huzir said.
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