Two Nabbed over Klang Provocative Banners, Probed Under Sedition Act

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The provocative banners that were discovered yesterday in Pandamaran, Klang, are being investigated under the Sedition Act and two individuals have been arrested over the incident, police confirmed.

When contacted by the Malay Mail, Klang Selatan district police chief ACP Shamsul Amar Ramli confirmed the case and said it was being probed under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948.

The offence of committing sedition under Section 4(1) is punishable by a maximum fine of RM5,000, a maximum three-year jail term or both for the first time it is committed.

Yesterday, Pandamaran state assemblyman Tony Leong confirmed to the Malay Mail that he had lodged a police report over his sighting of about 20 banners with racial messages around Pandamaran, following a tip-off from a Pandamaran resident.

Tony Leong

The provocative banners in Pandamaran, which Leong said have since been removed by the Klang municipal council (MPK), were stated in the police report as featuring five varying messages warning against the alleged challenging of Islam, Malay rulers and Malay superiority.

The police report was lodged at the Pandamaran police station in the Klang Selatan police district, where Leong said a man believed to be involved in putting up the banners was caught and handed over to the police, while several others were said to have escaped on motorcycles.

Leong also confirmed the authenticity of a video shared by a Malay Mail reader, affirming that the man being confronted in the video over a provocative banner was the same individual who had been caught.

The video showed a man claiming that he did not know about a banner, which carried one of the messages that was reported to the police.

The video showed a road sign stating Jalan Jambu Laut, which is located in Pandamaran in the Klang district.

The location is about 28 kilometres to 36 kilometres away from the Kg Dato Harun KTM Komuter station in Petaling Jaya, where the Malay Mail had spotted similar provocative banners yesterday.

The banners spotted were yellow in colour, with warnings to “infidels” and “immigrants” to not challenge the status of Islam in the country.

The provocative banners that were hung up by unknown individuals bore red writings in Malay, saying: “Immigrants don’t overstep the line!! Don’t play with fire”, “Islam is the official religion of Malaysia!! Infidels don’t forget yourself”, Don’t perlekeh (take lightly) of the Malay rulers. Long live the king!”, “Hindraf, don’t be rude!! Don’t question the right of Malay superiority!” and “Tanah Melayu is owned by the Malays, British agreement 1957”.

Later yesterday, photographs were furnished as proof to the Malay Mail that the banners had been taken down from the KTM station area, with the removed banners also shown folded up near the ticket turnstiles.

Police have yet to confirm any investigation over the Petaling Jaya banners.

Leong told the Malay Mail that similar banners were said to have been spotted in Padang Jawa and Shah Alam, two other locations in Selangor.

Apart from the provocative messages, all the banners featured the photograph of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V as well as the crossed-out faces of DAP’s Damansara MP Tony Pua and Human Rights Party Malaysia’s president P Uthayakumar.

It is unsure why the two were targeted, but the latter had led a group called Hindraf 2.0 who had recently demanded among others for Bumiputera-exclusive Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) to be opened to all Malaysians.

Leong told the Malay Mail that similar banners were said to have been spotted in Padang Jawa and Shah Alam, two other locations in Selangor.

Condemning the act, Leong said anyone who had any dissatisfaction should have lodged police reports instead of hanging provocative banners.

“For Malaysians, we have zero tolerance for racist issues. So the Malaysians who unite to catch these racists…don’t let them go, so we have to teach them a lesson,” he said.

– Malay Mail