Umno Leader Links Penang Shooting to Religious Insults Despite IGP’s Warning

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An Umno leader has linked the recent shooting in Bayan Lepas, Penang to religious insults despite a warning by police against wild allegations about the case.

Puteri Umno vice-chief Nurul Amal Mohd Fauzi, in a ceramah last night, repeated allegations on social media that the man whom police shot had gone amok after two people allegedly insulted the Prophet Muhammad.

“Yesterday a martyr was laid to rest. Sheikh Mohd Khairil was shot because he went amok in front of two kafirs who insulted the Prophet Muhammad,” she said in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan.

She said this in her opening remarks at a ceramah organised by Kubang Kerian PAS.

Just several hours earlier, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador had warned against the spread of false allegations regarding the case.

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“Don’t make such assumptions that will trigger unrest in society to create a perspective that a segment of society is oppressed by the other segment,” Hamid said.

He said based on police investigations, they found that the man was heavily influenced by clips from the Middle East purportedly showing the plight of Muslims in the region.

Police said they are hunting down three suspects who have spread the allegations linking the case to alleged insults to the Prophet.

On Monday, police shot dead Sheikh Mohd Khairil, 25, who ran amok, causing the death of a 47-year old female supervisor and injured a 53-year old security manager.

Penang police said the suspect is believed to have been suffering from depression for several months and had been absent from work for a week.

Penang Southwest district police chief AA Anbalagan said police who arrived at the scene told the man to surrender but instead attacked them with a parang, prompting the officers to shoot in self-defence. – Malaysiakini