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Police open two investigation papers into sale of 'Allah' socks

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have opened two investigation papers concerning the sale of socks with the name of "Allah" printed on them at the KK Mart store in Bandar Sunway.

Federal police Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain said a total of 42 police reports were lodged nationwide regarding the case.

He said the case was being investigated by the Classified Crime Investigation Unit (D5) under Section 298A of the Penal Code.

"This pertains to issues related to religion, causing disharmony, disunity, or hatred, malicious intent, or detrimental to unity.

"(It is also being probed under) Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which involves the misuse of network facilities or services. The case is still under investigation," he said in a statement.

Shuhaily advised the public not to speculate as this could disrupt the investigation process.

"Police also remind the public to be vigilant and concerned about sensitive issues, especially those involving public fear and national security through social media."

Previously, photos of the socks being sold at a KK Supermart in Bandar Sunway went viral, drawing criticism from social media users.

KK Mart Group issued a public apologyboycott calls, with some even calling for the chain to be boycotted.

Following this, It was reported that a factory in Batu Pahat is under investigation to establish if it is the distributor of the controversial socks with the name of "Allah" printed on it.

Johor Islamic Religious Council chairman Mohd Fared Mohd Khalid said investigations were being carried out by Batu Pahat policemen after it was revealed that the socks were imported from China and sent to a factory in Johor.

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