JOHOR BARU, 6 Jan 2009: Stern action, including detention under the Internal Security Act, could be taken against anyone who incites or creates trouble that could affect security in Perak, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said.
He issued the warning with reference to the action by Pakatan Rakyat supporters who were unhappy after it lost the majority support in the state assembly and failed to retain the government leadership in Perak.
“Pakatan Rakyat can take the matter to court if they are dissatisfied but don’t take their dissatisfaction to the streets to the extent of jeopardising security,” he said.
He said this to the media after the function to officially rename the marine police, which is now known as the Royal Malaysia Police Marine Operations Force at the Marine Police Training Centre, Tampoi, here today.
Syed Hamid, who received feedback from Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, said nine people had been detained for sedition and involvement in demonstrating against the swearing-in of Pangkor assemblyperson Datuk Dr Zambry
Abdul Kadir as the new Barisan Nasional Perak Menteri Besar at Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar today.
The demonstration was held at the Ubudiah Mosque, 300m from the palace, where the demonstrators hurled pieces of wood, stones and bottles at police personnel and vehicles passing through Jalan Istana.
He said police would take whatever action, including bringing police personnel from outside Perak, to ensure security was maintained in the state. — Bernama