By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, Dec 19: DAP’s Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon lodged a police report today against SUPP for spreading fake news, tarnishing and defaming the reputation of the administration of the Pakatan Harapan federal government as well as spreading community insecurity and social unrest.
In the police report, Dr Ting submitted two articles published in a local Chinese-language newspaper on Dec 15 and 18 where Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Youth Chief Michael Tiang and the SUPP publicity office made allegations against the PH government’s use of public funding.
In the article published on Dec 15, Tiang was reported to have said that the PH government had resorted to closing 1Malaysia Community Clinic and Community Police Stations due to non-payment of rent by the government.
Dr Ting added that Tiang had specifically mentioned that the police station in Selangor was closed as a direct result of non-payment of the rents, although it was part of Bukit Aman’s ops to close ad hoc police stations that did not comply with building planning set by the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department as reported in an article by Bernama on Dec 15 titled “‘Ad Hoc’ community police stations to be closed”.
“The statement also questioned why the Federal Government was wasting public monies on ‘Flying cars, Third National Car Factory, Free Breakfast for students, establishment of MPKKP in Sarawak’ but was unable to afford paying rents for police stations,” Dr Ting said in his police report.
In the article published on Dec 18, SUPP was also reported to have said in their press statement that the PH government would be closing 28 Community Police Stations and 32 police pondoks in the coming year because of the federal government’s inability to pay the rent, said Dr Ting.
He claimed that SUPP in the article further stated that social crimes would spike, and the community security would be in jeopardy as the direct impact of the closures.
“The purpose of this report is to request the police to investigate: a) the possibility of fake news/statements by the originators, b) the intention of both Mr Michael Tiang and SUPP Publicity Secretary/Office, to tarnish and defame the reputation and the administration of Pakatan Harapan Federal Government, c) the intention of both Mr Michael Tiang and SUPP Publicity Secretary/Office, to tarnish the image of the police force and create uncertainty in the community on the police ability to safeguard their safety, and d) the intention of both Mr Michael Tiang and SUPP Publicity Secretary/Office, to create misunderstanding in the community and a sense of community insecurity or social unrest,” he stated in the police report.
“Any misdemeanour and offense against the law shall be taken seriously,” Dr Ting said. —DayakDaily