Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang has taken issue with the government for investigating a protester for being photographed holding a slipper against a picture of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, whereas the likes of Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali has gone scot-free.
He said that while what the protester did was wrong, the fact that he had been arrested whereas Ibrahim would not be charged over threatening to burn Malay-language Bibles has left people questioning the justice system.
“The arrest of the protester and the immunity of Ibrahim Ali have further highlighted the rank and blatant defects and abuses in the administration of justice in the country, at a time when the Najib premiership is shocking the nation and the world with a ‘white terror’ regime unleashed by a blitz of selective and malicious sedition prosecutions against Pakatan Rakyat leaders, activists and intellectuals,” he said in a statement today.
The man had been photographed during a protest outside the parliament during a protest against the fuel subsidy cut and the goods and services tax (GST) on Oct 8.
Police told Malaysiakini yesterday that he is being investigated under Section 504 and Section 506 of the Penal Code, and was arrested on Saturday and released on police bail on the same day.
Sentul district police chief R Munusamy added that it has completed its investigations and released the protester on police bail, while the investigation papers have been submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) for further action.
Section 504 deals with intentional insult with the intent to provoke a breach of the peace, whereas Section 506 deals with criminal intimidation.
Meanwhile, de facto Law Minister Nancy Shukri had told the parliament that Ibrahim Ali’s threat was not meant to cause religious disharmony but to defend the sanctity of Islam, so he would not be prosecuted. She later clarified that the explanation was provided by the AGC.
‘Utusan would dominate court time and space’
Lim chided that if the prosecution process had been impartial, the pro-government newspaper Utusan Malaysia would have would dominate court time and space and head the list of sedition charges and trials in Malaysian courts.
The DAP parliamentary leader also lauded the Bar Council’s protest march against the Sedition Act tomorrow, which is said is “not only historic and memorable but most appropriate and timely”.
This followed a spate of arrests and charges under various laws against opposition leaders, academicians, activists, and a Malaysiakini journalist, Susan Loone, including many under the Sedition Act.
Dubbed ‘Walk for Peace and Freedom’, the protest will take place in Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur at 10.30am tomorrow. Participants will march to the parliament to hand over a memorandum to a government representative.
Gerakan Media Marah (Geramm), a loose coalition of media practitioners, has urged colleagues to join the protest as well.
Kalu aku gilis gambaq Najib dengan kereta,salahkah...
Lelaki tersebut dirakam meletak selipar atas poster Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak semasa satu protes terhadap pemotongan subsidi bahan api dan cukai barangan dan perkhidmatan (GST) di hadapan bangunan Parlimen pada 8 Oktober.
Gambar tersebut telah diedarkan dalam talian, termasuk oleh laman Facebook Friends of Barisan Nasional - mk
Hucare Hucare - Perbuatan yang melampaui batas patut kita kutuk tetapi gambar Lim Guan Eng dan Nik Aziz juga pernah dikoyak dan dipijak-pijak tiada tindakan diambil pada sipelaku, adakah kerana mereka bukan PM ?
You Chang Choo - Kalau si biadab ni hina peminpin BN kena hukum, apa akan terjadi pada si biadab yg menghina peminpin pengbangkang ?
Young Guns - Ibrahim Ali ugutan bakar bible dikatakan mempertahankan islam. Lelaki tersebut mempertahankan seluruh rakyat negara Malaysia.....
Ummu Fatimah - Malaysia tanah airku gambar TGNA kena kencing dan mcm2 lagi tidak pulak diambil tindakan.Melayu mudah lupa bak kata ketuanya.
Square Box - Utk BN jika buat apa saja smuanya lepas..jika PR yg buat cepat2 tangkap dan siasat..tunggu hanya karma mbuat pmbalasn yg setimpal pd pdrm serta org2 yg tak makan nasi tpi makan duit
Cops probe 'slipper for Najib' protester...
Police have wrapped up their investigation on a protester who held a slipper against a poster of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak during a protest outside Parliament last week.
Sentul district police chief R Munusamy told Malaysiakini that the man was arrested last Saturday and released on police bail the same day.
He said the man was investigated under Section 504 and 506 of the Penal Code.
Section 504 concerns intentional insult with the intent to provoke a breach of the peace while Section 506 is related to criminal intimidation.
Munusamy said the investigation papers have been handed over to the Attorney-General's Chambers for further action.
Then man was photographed placing his slipper against the poster during the protest against fuel subsidy cuts and the goods and services tax (GST) on Oct 8.
The photograph was circulated online, including by the Facebook page Friends of Barisan Nasional.
The pro-government group also released the man's address alongside his name and picture on their Facebook page which drew a slew of responses from the public.
Some attempted to defend him, while others criticised his action as being rude.
"It was just a picture, not the real face also," wrote Muhd Hanzalah.
"Imagine if it was your family (member's) face, won't you be angry?" stated E-kin Mansor.
"So many people are scolding this uncle… It is just a picture not something that is alive or worth it, relax lah. This PM issue over 20 sen, who won't be angry and feel irritated when the cost of living is high," penned Diane Jaa.
"What he did is wrong… talk about his attitude, why bring racialism into it… please stop this attitude and rethink 1Malaysia," argued Thulasidevi Ramachandran Devi. - mk
avatar1 - The UMNO guys offered reward for anyone to slap Teressa Kok and our Home Minister said it was just an intention and was not executed and its not an offence. Another Perkasa guy threaten to chop off the head of anyone who questioned the royalty and they said it was just an intention. In Penang, they send a coffin and even a birthday cake in the shape and colour of shit and nothing of disrespect noted.
Anonymous #19098644 - It is wrong to smack the photo of the PM with a slipper but it is not wrong to threaten to burnt the bible It is wrong to slap the PMs phot but it is not wrong to wave a kris and threaten non Malays to bathe it in their blood ? This unfortunately is the BN regime elected by 47% of the population and repudiated by 53% of the rakyat
Louis Wa! - Najib status has been elevated so high that placing a slipper next to his pic is an offence. What qualities has Najib to accord such status? Mind boggling!
OH YA? - He didn't threaten to burn anything and yet he is charged for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace and criminal intimidation. Bolehland menang boleh.
Kangkung 1M - So what action taken when they insulted Teresa Kok...PDRM bodoh ke???? why is there one rule for the scumbags and another for innocent citizens??? Leader should accept criticism whenever they face is on buttocks shit or slipper ed..am i right???
Polis terlupa nak ambil tindakan ke atas aksi2 penyanggak2 ke atas pemimpin2 pembangkang pasai depa pembangkang...
Ini bukan di Texas atau Oklahoma tapi di Pendang,Kedah...