Police to call up Hadi for racist comments

PAS President Hadi Awang

PETALING JAYA: The police will be calling up PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang in connection with his remarks that non-Muslims and non-bumiputra are the causes of corruption in the country.

Bukit Aman corporate communications head Asst Comm Skandaguru Anandan said investigations were underway on the matter, with 28 reports already lodged against the Marang MP for his comments.

“Investigations are being conducted by the Prosecution and Law Division (D5) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Bukit Aman, under Section 505 (C) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

“He will also be called to Bukit Aman to assist investigations,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Section 505(c) of the Penal Code is for 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.

Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 is for improper use of network facilities or network services.

ACP Skandaguru also urged the public not to speculate or make any statements that could disrupt the investigation process.

Abdul Hadi came under fire for claiming that the root cause of corruption in the country was the influence non-Malays wielded over the economy and politics.

He said this had allowed non-Malays to dictate terms to the Malays, which in turn made the Malays become corrupted and entangled in financial scandals.

The PAS leader’s comments were roundly criticised by many Malaysians.

MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon expressed shock at Abdul Hadi’s statement and demanded that he withdraw it immediately.

He said that corruption had nothing to do with race or religion.

“This is an obvious fact and basic common sense.”

He said Abdul Hadi had failed to prove his accusations with facts, analysis, empirical evidence or scientific grounds.

“This indicates that his allegations are utter nonsense,” he said.

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