Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohamad Fuzi Harun was reported to have confirmed that the police are currently investigating Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Nazri Abdul Aziz for seditious remarks in one of his speech during the Semenyih by-election campaign.
“We are investigating him (Nazri) under the Sedition Act 1948 and we will complete our investigation papers as soon as possible.
“When they are complete, we will hand them to the deputy public prosecutor for further action or instructions,” MalaysiaKini reported the IGP saying at a press conference after the Federal Reserve Unit’s 63rd anniversary celebration today (26th February 2019).
Nazri was reported by MalaysiaKini to have made the alleged seditious speech was made at a ceramah in Beranang on the 23rd of February 2019.
“It is the duty of every prime minister and the government to defend the (Malay) privilege. However, the government is weak.
“Many things that never happened before are happening now – (look at the appointment of the) attorney-general, chief justice and finance minister.
“Lots of issues that were unimaginable before are an issue now. As some said, (we are) surrendering our rights to others.”
During said speech he was reported to have allegedly call for vernacular schools to be abolished as well, in which he held a press conference on 25th February 2019 to strongly deny said allegations.
“In my speech, I said if non-bumiputras argue bumiputra rights, then bumiputras will also argue non-bumi rights, including their rights to vernacular education,” he was reported to have said by The Star adding he was using the call to shut down vernacular schools as an example and he was not advocating for the abolition.
“Vernacular education is something protected by the Constitution and cannot be disputed, including calls for abolition, these calls cannot be entertained.
“My point is don’t argue our rights. We need to respect,” Nazri said.
“If I wanted to (abolish vernacular schools), I would have done it during my tenure as minister for 18 years,” he was reported to have added, saying that he had a record of defending non-Malays.
Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) was reported by MalayMail to have also commented on the issue and expressed astonishment at how Nazri Aziz players ’fast and loose’ with the Constitution. Latheefa Koya of LFL had pointed out that the Attorney General (AG) does not need to take an oath using the Quran or any does the appointee need to take any oath of office at all according to the Federal Constitution.
“Nazri’s claim is divisive, racist and an outrageous insult to all Malays in the country,” Latheefa was reported by MalayMail to have said.
by Bob Tan
26th February 2019