KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities need to reevaluate the case against Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali and charge him under the Sedition Act, said Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
In a statement Thursday, he said that would give the rakyat confidence that the act was necessary to protect harmony and unity among the different races and religions in Malaysia.
“The failure to charge Ibrahim under the Sedition Act will give the Government a bad image.
“It will also give a negative perception to the act, for it is viewed as pro-Government and biased towards defending the rights of Malays and politicians,” said Nur Jazlan.
He urged the Attorney General’s Chambers to order the police to reopen the investigation papers under the provisions of the Sedition Act, instead of the Penal Code.
Nur Jazlan, who is also the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman said that such a move would demonstrate the Government’s even-handed usage of the Sedition Act on any individual responsible for issuing statements that affected the interracial harmony and unity so important towards Malaysia’s progress.
“Most of the cases under the Sedition Act have applied towards statements pertaining the Malay people, Islam, and the position of the Malay rulers,” he added.
Ibrahim was alleged to have uttered the alleged statement in January last year with regards to individuals who had purportedly distributed bibles containing the word “Allah” to students, including Malays, at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Jelutong in Penang.
He had allegedly called for the Malay version of the Bible containing the word “Allah” and Jawi script to be burnt.
Investigations were carried out under Section 298 of the Penal Code after several reports were lodged against Ibrahim.
Under Section 298, uttering words with intent to wound the religious feelings of any person is punishable by up to one year’s jail, fine or both, upon conviction.