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DAP lodges reports against ISMA

DAP representatives across the peninsular have lodged police reports against controversial NGO Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) for recent statements made by its president Abdullah Zaik Abdullah Rahman.

At  Dang Wangi police station yesterday, several DAP members including Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, Kinrara state assemblyman Ng Sze Han, and Kg Tunku state assemblyman Lau Wen Sang lodged a police report.

Similar reports were also made in Penang by Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik and other DAPSY leaders, in Negeri Sembilan by a group of state assemblymen led by Rasah MP Teo Kok Seong, as well as in Perak by Pasir Pinji rep Howard Lee.

In response to the reports that were filed, The Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar has confirmed that police intend to investigate the ISMA president under the Sedition Act.

However, police investigation into the matter is no guarantee that action will be taken against those who made the controversial statements. It is the prerogative of the Attorney General whether or not charges will be brought against them.

As Ng Wei Aik pointed out after lodging the report in Penang, “we have lodged numerous reports about similar issues like a call to burn Malay-language Bibles before but they came to nothing… we hope this one will end in court.”

Yesterday, DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng had questioned why ISMA’s statements that preach racial and religious extremism did not incur prosecution, while instead Seputeh MP Teresa Kok was charged for her onederful Malaysia video.

Abdullah had reportedly said that colonialists had brought the Chinese to Tanah Melayu as “trespassers” and questioned the citizenship and wealth given to them. He also called this a mistake that had to be rectified.

This is not the first time that ISMA’s statements have ran afoul of the law. In February this year, ISMA vice president Muhammad Fauzi Asmuni was also investigated under the Sedition Act for posting a video titled “Islam diancam, kita perlu agresif” (Islam is under threat, we must be aggressive). No action has been taken against him yet. -The Rocket

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