State polls: New IGP warns against use of 3R topics

SHAH ALAM: Stern action will be taken against anyone including politicians, who issue statements that touch on royalty, religion and race (3R) during the upcoming state elections, says Tan Sri Razarudin Husain.

The Inspector-General of Police said the police will not compromise on taking action against those who touched on such sensitive issues.

"Even I will be investigated If I utter issues on 3R.

"Be it members of the public or politicians, we will investigate and take stern action against those who issue statements on 3R," he told a press conference after attending a briefing by Selangor police on preparations for the state elections.

He was asked to comment on a politician who insisted that issues relating to 3R could still be raised during campaigning.

The IGP said a team of police personnel will monitor the elections to ensure matters involving 3R are not raised.

It was previously reported that the police will not hesitate to take stern action against those who bring up issues on 3R during the upcoming state elections.

The IGP had said the 3R issues, if brought up, would bring disharmony and public disturbance.

For political parties and candidates, they should know the dos and don'ts during the elections, and they should heed the laws related to the polls," he said.

Razarudin had said a special team comprising police officers and personnel to monitor those playing up 3R issues will be mobilised during the elections.

He said among the actions that can be taken were under the Sedition Act 1948, Section 506 of the Penal Code, and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act, among others

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