IGP: National emblems not for sale

Making a point: Abdul Hamid speaking during a press conference regarding current issues at Bukit Aman. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: The improper use of certain emblems, names or their imitations for the purpose of trade, business, an occupation or a profession is prohibited, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

A police report was made on July 1 regarding the widespread sale of such emblems online, he said.

“The emblems under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act include emblems, coats of arms and official seals of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, emblem or official seal of the United Nations, awards and titles,” he added.

“They include medals, badges, and decorations instituted under the statutes of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the emblem of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) and Bank Negara.”

It was reported last Tuesday that police had begun investigating the sale of medals, car stickers and other items bearing the coats of arms as well awards issued by Sultans and state governors.

Besides coats of arms, other items related to government enforcement agencies such as the Prisons Department, Immigration Department, People’s Volunteer Corps and Royal Malaysian Air Force were also sold.

Abdul Hamid said those who are found guilty could be sentenced to not more than three years jail or a fine of not more than RM20,000 or both.

In a separate development, he said 546 copies of a book allegedly insulting the coat of arms of Malaysia were seized by police, while the statement of the artist, publisher, and printer of the book had been recorded.

He said police are looking for the editor of the book to assist in investigation.

The case is being investigated under Section 4 (1) of the Sedition Act, Section 5 of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act and Section 8 (1) of the Printing Presses and Publication Act, he said. — Bernama

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