Police reports filed against Dr M over “Malays and rulers” remark

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Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s allegation that the Malays are growing upset with the rulers has courted two police reports.

One of the complainants, Lee Ket Woon, who claimed to be a member of Penang’s Seberang Prai Tiong Hua Association, wanted the police to investigate if Mahathir’s statement contained seditious elements.

The 43-year-old salesperson also asked if Mahathir and his supporters violated the conditional movement control order (MCO) SOP when they gathered outside Istana Negara.

“I hope the inspector-general of police would investigate if he (Mahathir) touched on matters disrespectful to the rulers, especially the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” he added in his report.

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Meanwhile, Gerakan Pembelaan Ummah Wilayah chief Mohd Shukor Aziz said in his report that the former premier had made a fraudulent statement.

“I don’t think there is a large number of Malays who are angry with the rulers. Even the petition to press the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to end the emergency garnered only 40,000 signatures,” he added.

The 59-year-old manager also argued that Mahathir’s remark should be considered an offence under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act for “inciting, insulting and causing hatred” towards the rulers.

“Mahathir’s remark is a serious matter because he is a former prime minister and an MP with a large following. Therefore, I am asking the police to investigate him,” Shukor added.

Both reports were filed with the Dang Wangi district police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.

On Tuesday, Mahathir told reporters outside Istana Negara that many Malays were coming forward to criticise the rulers.

“It is unusual for Malays (to go against the rulers) but such is the feeling now on the ground,” he added.

Mahathir said the “dissent” was due to the public’s lack of knowledge about Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s role in advising the king leading to the emergency proclamation.

Earlier today, Malaysiakini reported that the Agong has granted his consent for an ad-hoc opposition committee appealing for the end of the emergency to have an audience with him. – Malaysiakini