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MOONING CASE: Najib willing to meet student’s dad but says law must run its course


SETIU: DATUK Seri Najib Razak is willing to accept the apology of the father of a college student caught exposing his buttocks and stepping and squatting on a picture of him.
The 19-year-old was also caught on camera doing similar acts on the pictures of Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof during a gathering on Merdeka Day eve.
The prime minister said he was also willing to meet the student’s father but said the law would have to run its course.
“There’s no problem. I accept anybody’s apology but the principle is the process of the law cannot be compromised and must proceed. If he (teenager’s father) wants to meet me, it can be arranged anytime,” he said after attending a Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration in Kampung Tasek Tok Lebai yesterday.
Najib said everyone must respect the law. “The question of him wanting to see me can be arranged at anytime, but we must respect the sanctity of the law.”
It was reported that his family turned the youth in to the authorities on Tuesday after seeing his photograph on television and in newspapers.
Police recorded his statement and released him on bail.
Police have so far received more than 170 reports on several incidents which occurred during the Merdeka Day eve gathering at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.
In his speech, Najib said the incident and the act of another group of people, who had demanded that the Jalur Gemilang be replaced by another flag, were detrimental to the process of nation-building.
“A country can gain independence, but it takes a long time to build a nation.
      "A nation must have core values that reflect on its national ideology. 
"Our national ideology is the Rukun Negara," he said before reciting the  five tenets.
"Isn't this our pledge, our promise? But recently, during a Merdeka Day celebration sponsored by the opposition, where were the values of the Rukun Negara when pictures of leaders were stepped on, pants dropped? 
"Where was the patriotism when they demanded that the Jalur Gemilang be replaced with the new Sang Saka flag?"
Najib said these acts would destroy the foundation of the nation which the people had struggled to build and nurture all these years.
"If we don't respect the royal institution, do not uphold the Constitution and dismiss the law, what will happen to the future of the nation?"
Najib, who is also Barisan Nasional chairman, said the future could be secured if the people gave BN a strong mandate in the next general election.
"God willing, all these will not threaten our future if BN is given a strong mandate in the next election." 
Meanwhile, former New Straits Times group editor-in-chief Datuk Abdul Kadir Jasin said parents, authorities and organisers of mass gatherings should be wary of the presence of provocateurs at such events.
"Those who read about the May 13 incident would know that many people involved in criminal activities on that day were not politically active. 
"They became violent as the result of rumours and provocation.
"What the young boy did is very similar to the incidents which occurred on May 13 (1969)." 
Kadir said anyone who flouted the law should be dealt with accordingly.


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