Civil society group lodges police report over alleged false claims against Archbishop of KL

PETALING JAYA: A civil society group lodged a police report against a Facebook group for allegedly falsely claiming that a Christian leader insulted Muslims.

North-South Initiative executive director and co-founder Adrian Pereira, who lodged the police report, said that the Hud Hud Crew Facebook page had posted an audio clip of Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Julian Leow Beng Kim where it alleged that he said he wanted to “boil Muslims like frogs”.

In the police report on Friday (April 30), Pereira said that at no point in the audio clip had Leow made any comments, insulted or made any reference whatsoever to any religion.

“In fact, the comments on the Hud Hud Crew Facebook page have been stoking racial unrest and malicious such as making death threats towards Leow’s life and his office, the church institutions as well as all Christians in the country, ” he said on Thursday (April 29).

The Facebook group had posted a video titled “Projek 25 tahun Kristian di Malaysia: Rebus Umat Islam, Seperti Rebus Katak dengan satu gambar Uskup Agung (Archbishop) Julian Leow Beng Kim”.

They had claimed that the video was sent to them by members of the St Francis Xavier church in Petaling Jaya where Leow had made the statement back in 2014.

They claimed that the reason why the members of the church sent them the video was to reveal Leow’s 25-year plan against Muslims.

In the audio clip, Leow was, instead, giving a speech sharing his concerns of minorities in the country while using an analogy of a frog in boiling water to describe the erosion of minority groups' rights in the country.

In the report, Pereira urged for the owners of the Facebook page to be investigated under the relevant laws.

He also called on the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to investigate the Hud Hud Crew to determine who had edited, created, and even distributed the content on Facebook with the intention of disrupting the peace and harmony of Malaysians.

As of press time, the Facebook post seems to have been taken down but other Facebook pages have re-uploaded the video.

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