What about tearing and defacing photos in a peaceful assembly?
Why? Was it intended to 'break the opposition against Najib and the BN government' - by maybe trying to make it a 'racial' or 'religious issue'? Remember some even tried to make us think that the BERSIH 4 protest was primarily a Chinese Malaysian protest...and that not many Malays supported - some reports were even saying it was a 'DAP Chinese' affair?
All these are just attempts to divide Malaysians using ethnicity and race, and even political affliations. BERSIH 4 was an initiative of civil society - not the Opposition political parties, and the objects of the protest was also clearly spelt out...
There are so many laws in Malaysia - and it is so easy to find an applicable law to go after any individual action... Now the police say that the photo stepping incident is being investigated under Sections 290 and 504 of the Penal Code
What about the statement our Prime Minister that call the participants and organisers...290 Punishment for public nuisance
Whoever commits a public nuisance in any case not otherwise punishable by this Code, shall be punished with fine which may extend to four hundred ringgit.
504 Intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace
Whoever intentionally insults, and thereby gives provocation to any person, intending or knowing it to be likely that such provocation will cause him to break the public peace, or to commit any other offence, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.
'...Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has described the organisers and participants of the illegal Bersih 4 rally as "shallow and poor" in their patriotism...' - Bernama, 29/8/2015 > is that also not an 'intentional insult' that warrants investigation under s. 504 Penal Code? One wonders..So many of the people in power and their friends have done things far worse....Remember, the very reason tens of thousands came out to the streets to exercise their rights was because they were 'provoked' into action by the failings of the government and its leaders.
The police should already be busy in their investigation of the alleged corruption against Najib Tun Razak - they really should not be wasting time on this photo stepping issues, which after all, in my opinion, as argued above, is a legitimate act of expression...Furthermore, though not needed, there already have been apologies tendered...
Let us start respecting freedom of expression, opinion and peaceful assembly - and remember everyone has these rights > not just the government and the people in power...
Teen wanted for stepping on Najib pics surrenders
According to state police, the girl will be transferred to the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters for further questioning.
Yesterday, police also detained a college student suspected of having stepped on pictures of the prime minister during last Thursday’s street celebration of Malaysia’s 55th National Day at Dataran Merdeka. The police were reported to have set up three task forces to investigate three separate incidents of hooliganism that took place over the National Day weekend.
A firestorm erupted last week after several individuals were recorded tearing up posters bearing images of the prime minister, his wife and Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof at the same event.
Several other people were spotted waving a flag with an alternative design ― now identified as the Sang Saka Malaya ― instead of the Jalur Gemilang at the National Day bash last Thursday night.
Bukit Aman’s CID director Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin told The Malaysian Insider yesterday that the police were probing the two separate incidents under the Sedition Act ― despite Putrajaya’s decision to repeal the controversial law that has been widely panned as a tool to curb political dissent.
He added that stepping on pictures of Najib and wife were considered offences under Sections 290 and 504 of the Penal Code for being public nuisances and intentionally causing insult with an intent to provoke break the public peace respectively.