IPOH, 13 Feb 2009: Perak police have received 70 reports filed by individuals, political parties and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), since Sunday, against statements by Pakatan Rakyat leaders which were allegedly seditious in nature.
Perak Police Chief, Datuk Zulkefli Abdullah said that out of the 70 reports received, 41 were on seditious statements while 29 were on other cases.
“Police have opened 17 investigation papers pertaining to sedition and we have started taking statements from several individuals involved,” he said at a press conference, here today.
He said all the cases reported would be investigated by the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) under Section 4 of the Sedition Act.
Among the reports lodged previously were against DAP chairperson Karpal Singh who was alleged to have insulted the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah when he stated that he intended to sue the sultan.
Meanwhile in PARIT, the Parit Umno division lodged a police report against Karpal following his statement that he intended to take legal action against the Sultan of Perak. The report was lodged at the Parit police station.
Parit Umno head Datuk Mohd Zaim Abu Hasan said Karpal’s intention to file the suit against the Sultan was excessive and could cause the people’s anger, particularly among the Malay Malaysians.
Meanwhile, more than 2,000 people representing various organisations in Batu Kurau held a gathering to protest against the Pakatan Rakyat leaders over the issue.
In JITRA, Kedah, the Kubang Pasu Umno Youth movement lodged a similar report against Karpal. The report was lodged by the movement’s head, Aminuddin Omar at the Kubang Pasu District Police Headquarters at 10am.
He also suggested that more stern action be taken against Karpal such as detaining him under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for sedition. — Bernama