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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ali Tinju lodged police report against Sabahan for posting 'doggy' Zahid on Facebook

Malay rights group Gerakan Merah (Red Movement) today lodged a police report against Sabahan Doris Jones over her Facebook posting earlier this week which it said insulted Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

On Tuesday, Jones had posted a picture of Zahid's face superimposed on the body of a dog. Gerakan Merah president Mohd Ali Baharom, better known as Ali Tinju, made the report at the Perda police station in Bukit Mertajam, urging police and relevant authorities to investigate Jones.

In the report, he described Jones's post as a "seditious act" that humiliated and incited hatred towards a national leader. He added that this was the 100th police report lodged nationwide against Jones.

The group's vice-president Major (retired) Razali Zakaria said the post, which was rude, had gone viral, casting doubt on Zahid's leadership.

"Putting his face on a dog, that is very rude. The animal is deemed unclean to Muslims. It is an insult.

"It is also a challenge against his leadership, against the Malays, the government and Umno. It is inciting hatred towards the leader, the party and the administration.

"We hope stern action can be taken to discourage further acts of disrespect towards leaders of the country," he said outside the police station.

Razali said the group had previously lodged reports against similar acts of disrespect, including against graphic artist Fahmi Reza, who drew a clown face on that of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

"We hope the most drastic measure can be taken to stop similar acts from happening again. We also hope the authorities can stop such postings from going viral to preserve the peace among the people," he said.

The group's information chief Datuk Dr Norhisham Mohd Nor said there was freedom of speech, but it should not be used to insult and incite hatred.

"People who are unhappy can always use proper channels.

They can always talk properly. Have some ethics and tolerance. Don't set bad examples for kids."

Jones is a Sabah activist, reportedly wanted for sedition over her alleged promotion of the secession of Sabah and Sarawak from Malaysia.

It was reported that she had obtained a British passport after the Malaysian government refused to renew her passport in September last year. She has been a permanent resident of the United Kingdom for almost 20 years.

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