The management of a shoe distributor will be called in by Bukit Aman in connection with the alleged printing of the national coat of arms or Jata Negara logo on the inside of its shoes to facilitate investigations into the matter.
Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department deputy director (Investigation/ Legal) DCP Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the case was being investigated under Section 5 (1) of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, as well as Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
“Those involved will be called in the near future to assist in investigations,” he told Bernama.
On Saturday, Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said stern action should be taken against the shoe company despite having openly apologised for insulting the national symbol.
He said the Jata Negara must be respected and that this was the second such incident after copies of a book featuring a logo similar to the Jata Negara were published, which allegedly insulted the coat of arms.
Photographs of shoes with the coat of arms and an apology letter from the company dated July 17 went viral recently on social media.
The company apologised for the mistake and stated that it had stop production of such shoes.
“We have also explained to the authorities regarding the misunderstanding.
“We are deeply sorry for the mistake,” the company said.