Thursday, September 11, 2008

Police warns, stop making statements that will incite racial hatred

The professionalism, expertise and integrity of the polis force are well respected. As the body responsible for maintaining internal security and public order, polis carry out its duties in a professional manner and always comply with the constitution and abide by the law of the country.

In the highly sensitive political racist sentiment issues, polis once again commit to acts with the independence necessary to investigate and prosecute wrongdoing without fear or favor. The professionalism consistently had shown the enhancing in maintaining internal security and public order.

In the strongest manner yet, police yesterday warned all political parties, the public and the media not to make or post any statements on racial issues.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said the issue was getting out of hand and threatening national security.

"We are warning everyone, irrespective of who you are, that all statements on racial sentiments must cease immediately or police will take action.

"This includes the press, whether it is the print, broadcast or electronic media. There have been too many statements on racial issues by various parties, which have been nothing but lies and deceit.

"These statements are in turn exploited by other irresponsible parties through text messages, multimedia messaging and various blogs on the Internet," he said.

Ismail said police would not hesitate to use the powers at their disposal against irresponsible parties.

"These statements on racial issues and sentiments are a threat to public order and national security. It is time to nip the problem in the bud before it boils over."

He assured the public that police were investigating the case against Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail, who was suspended for three years from the party yesterday, adding that it would be wrapped up as soon as possible.

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