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IGP: Police investigating Hadi over his Feb 20 statement

KUALA LUMPUR: Pas president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang is being investigated over his statement titled 'Islam's stature must be defended' on Feb 20.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain confirmed the investigation is under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

However, he said police have yet to record Hadi's statement due to his current health status.

"We (the police) have opened and investigation paper involving the statement issued and we are waiting for a suitable time to summon him to record Abdul Hadi's statement.

"We have yet to record his statement due to his poor health," Razarudin said.

Yesterday, Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah expressed displeasure at Hadi's statement which were directed to religious scholars, lawyers, judges, members of parliament, State Legislative Assemblies and the Malay rulers.

The ruler's private secretary Datuk Muhamad Munir Bani had said His Majesty expressed disappointment at what was said and sent a letter sent to Selangor Pas Commissioner Datuk Dr Ab Halim Tamuri dated Feb 27.

In the letter, Sultan Sharafuddin had described that Hadi did not thoroughly understand or read the ruler's speech during the meeting of the Malaysian National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs (MKI) on Feb 15, especially in relation to the decision of the Federal Court in the case which challenged the validity of 16 criminal provisions in the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Enactment 2019.

Munir had said that Hadi's cynical statement had indirectly linked the ruler's speech with the attitude of rulers who need to possess a vision towards Judgement Day and not to merely pursue worldly interests.

He had said Hadi's statement was very inappropriate and uncivilised from the point of view of Malay culture, which is all about respecting and maintaining good manners when voicing one's opinion and advice towards the Malay rulers.

Munir also said that Hadi's statement is not only confusing but could create uneasiness which could ultimately lead to disunity among Muslims, especially among the Malays.

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