Akmal says he’ll heed King's decree to maintain national harmony

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 09 Apr 2024

KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh has pledged to heed His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, King of Malaysia's decree to embrace peace, harmony and preserve the sanctity of Islam.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday (April 9), Umno Youth Chief said the decision was to maintain religious harmony and reduce polemic.

Sultan Ibrahim on Tuesday cautioned political leaders in the country not to engage in extreme rhetoric when discussing religious and racial matters.

The King emphasised that leaders from all parties should serve as a unifying force within the nation's diverse society as well as to exemplify maturity and responsibility in their conduct.

His Majesty granted an audience to senior leaders from Umno and DAP at Istana Negara on Tuesday, which focused on current developments related to sensitive religious and racial issues.

Apart from Dr Akmal, other leaders present were Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, Melaka Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh and DAP deputy secretary-general Liew Chin Tong.

On April 5, police detained Dr Akmal, who has been leading boycott calls against local convenience store chain KK Super Mart at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport to assist investigations under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1958 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

The issue started with photographs circulated on social media showing socks with the word "Allah" sold at a KK Super Mart outlet on March 13, which incited the anger of Muslims. – Bernama

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