IP on Akmal being finalised

Standing firm: Dr Muhamad Akmal (third from right) arriving at KLIA in Sepang.

It will be submitted to AGC when completed, says IGP

KUALA LUMPUR: The investigation paper involving Umno Youth chief Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh in connection with the controversial sale of socks bearing the word “Allah” is expected to be completed within five days before being submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) for further action.

Police recorded Dr Muhamad Akmal’s statement on Friday, according to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain, and they are currently finishing the investigation paper before submitting it to the AGC next week.

“The investigation paper is being completed after a statement was taken from him yesterday (Friday),” he said briefly when contacted by Bernama.

Razarudin confirmed on Friday that Dr Muhamad Akmal was detained at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport for investigations under the Sedition Act and the Communications and Multimedia Act.

On Friday, Dr Muhamad Akmal posted on Facebook that the Kota Kinabalu police headquarters (IPD) was holding him in police custody, despite his scheduled statement to the police at the Dang Wangi IPD in the capital yesterday.

In SEPANG, Dr Muhamad Akmal said the boycott against KK Super Mart will remain until the feelings of Muslims in Malaysia are healed.

He said it was the right of the consumers to do so, adding that it was not an offence.

Asked when the move would end, he said: “Until the feelings of the Muslims in this country are healed.”

He also said that he would give his full cooperation to the police even after the run-in he had with the authorities in Kota Kinabalu on Friday.

“I will be ready to give further statements to the police if needed.

“I was informed by the Dang Wangi and Bukit Aman police headquarters that so far, the case is still being investigated. I have also expressed my commitment to cooperate at any time,” he said at the KL International Airport here yesterday.

The Merlimau assemblyman also took note of a statement by Razarudin that the investigation papers would be delivered to the AGC.

Dr Muhamad Akmal said that he was ready should he be charged in court.

“We will see how it goes. We will not budge, and we will be ready,” he said.

He also said that he was questioned by the police over his speech in Kelantan, which he said was linked to the KK Super Mart issue.

“But we didn’t commit any offence. And when we looked back at the speech, it was not seditious,” he added.

Dr Muhamad Akmal arrived from Kota Kinabalu at 2.17pm yesterday and was greeted by his supporters, consisting of a group of Umno Youth members, at the airport.

He was in Sabah to attend Umno’s Kembara Ramadan programme in Beaufort.

Meanwhile, Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said that issues concerning the “Allah” word must never be taken lightly.

“Stern action must be taken against any party that commits offence to preserve the sanctity of this noble word,” he said in an Instagram reel posted yesterday.

On Friday, he said the public should just let the authorities take action on the socks issue.

“Who has the authority to take action? The government.

“This is why we have demanded strict action be taken against those who have committed offence. That much is clear,” he added.

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