Yellow paint splashed at office of native activist after FB death threat

KOTA KINABALU: The office of a Sabah activist for native rights was splashed with yellow paint two weeks after he received a death threat on Facebook.

Datuk Verdon Bahanda (pic) said that an unknown man in a motorcycle splashed the yellow paint at the entrance of his office at Iramanis Centre here around 1am Monday (June 22).

He said that he has lodged a police report over the incident following

a death threat on Facebook by an unknown user on June 8.

"I believe it is connected to the recent threat against my life by those protecting illegal immigrants," he said in a statement.

Verdon said he did not have any business related enemies, adding that he strongly believed it is connected

to his work to fight for native rights against the presence of illegal immigrants in the state.

The paint throwing incident was recorded by the CCTV at his office, he added.

Verdon, who carries out social media campaigns against illegal immigrants, had urged natives to lodge police reports on their presence as well as avoid doing work or business with them.

Police are investigating his Facebook death threat under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation and Section 233 of the MCMC Act for sharing offensive and menacing content.

A Facebook user had allegedly posted a picture of a pistol with the words "Verdon hahal dibunuh (Verdon can be killed)" on the Gerakan Solidariti Orang Asal Sabah's Facebook page.

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