NGO welcomes IGP’s fight against those inciting racial, religious hatred

Datuk John Lau Pang Heng

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KUCHING, Aug 23: Sarawak Patriots Association (SPA) has given its full support to Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador for his stern announcement that anyone inciting racial and religious issues will be arrested.

“To the best of SPA’s knowledge, Abdul Hamid is the country’s first police chief who have made such strong statement concerning racial and religious issues in our country,” its president Datuk John Lau said in a statement.

He quoted Abdul Hamid as saying “Don’t wait, investigate and arrest. I repeat, no more warnings.”

Lau pointed out that as Malaysia is a multiracial country and the people are also protected by the Federal Constitution, everyone must respect each other and those who spoke against races and religions must be brought to Court of Law for punishment and rehabilitation.

“For this, SPA appreciates if ‘respect’ can start from the leaders of our country and politicians. We call upon our leaders to lead by examples. All policies, regulations and decisions need to be made for the good of every Malaysians; while race and religion should not be the decisive factor,” he added.

At the same time, SPA congratulated the state police force for cleaning their own house by arresting cops who are involved in drugs.

Sarawak Deputy Commissioner of Police, Datuk Dev Kumar, was recently reported as saying in the media that six policemen who are involved in drugs have been arrested.

“SPA is convinced that with the new leadership in Sarawak police force, more citizens will cooperate with the authorities to fight crime so that we live in a safer community,” Lau opined. — DayakDaily