Cops yet to identify FB user who allegedly insulted Islam

Cops yet to identify FB user who allegedly insulted Islam

KUALA LUMPUR - The case of the Facebook user who allegedly insulted Islam over the Muslims' call to prayer (azan) is different from cases that occur in public places and the police have yet to identify the so-called culprit who used the name Kelvin Yip.

"We are still investigating and trying to identify Yip," said Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohd Bakri Zinin, clarifying the case was different because it was based on a Facebook posting.

"This is not an incident that happened in a public place, witnessed by people.

"So, we are asking anyone with information to come forward so that we can track down the user," Mohd Bakri told reporters at the city police Hari Raya open house here yesterday.

Yip allegedly posted his annoyance during Hari Raya over the early morning azan. He later deleted it and apologised.

On July 31, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin called for Yip to be charged and for the authorities to act strictly.

Umno Youth wing leaders in Kedah, Penang, Johor and Selangor also lodged police reports urging action against Yip.

Selangor Umno Youth chief Zainuri Zainal, supported by non-governmental organisations Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia and Ikatan Rakyat Insan Muslim Malaysia, urged Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to probe Yip's case in the way he did in the issue concerning wedding planner Fairrah Ashykin Kamaruddin.

Last month, Fairrah Ashykin, also known as Kiki, was filmed hitting an elderly man's car with a steering lock and shouting abuses at him after a minor accident.

Last week, MIC staged a protest against a video clip that allegedly showed dakwah preacher Shahul Hamid Seeni Muhammad insulting the Hindu religion at a ceramah in a Shah Alam surau five years ago.

He made a public apology over the matter on July 31, the fourth day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Abdul Gani refuted allegations that his office had not taken appropriate action against Yip.

"If there is strong evidence that an individual had committed an offence, he would be charged under the rele­vant laws, regardless of his status or background," Abdul Gani said in a statement.

"However, the police often face difficulties when they do not have relevant information such as the address, identity and correct e-mail account of the culprit," he added.

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