Inspector-general of Malaysia's police's brother gets statement recorded over cross protest

Inspector-general of Malaysia's police's brother gets statement recorded over cross protest
Protesters outside the Taman Medan church near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia before its cross was removed on 19 April 2015. The church displayed a cross outside the second floor of its premises which the Malay Muslims described as politically motivated by critics.

PETALING JAYA - The Inspector-General of Police's brother Datuk Abdullah Abu Bakar spent four hours at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters answering questions about the Taman Medan church protest.

The Taman Lindungan Jaya Umno branch chief's statement was taken after police said "all" those involved in Sunday's protest against the cross at the shoplot church will be questioned.

Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Samah Mat said statements would also be taken from the church congregation.

"The matter will be investigated without fear or favour," he said yesterday.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said action would be taken against those who broke the law including under the Sedition Act.

However, SDCP Abdul Samah could not specify how many would eventually be questioned.

"We are pursuing a thorough investigation, and will not rule out any possibility."

Abdullah, who is IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar's elder brother, was seen with a group of about 50 residents who claimed that the sight of the cross in a largely Muslim area "challenged Islam" and could influence younger minds.

Abdullah arrived at 4.10pm to give his statement to the station chief Asst Supt Mohd Khairul Zaman Wahab.

"I am very tired. I just hope everything is going to be okay," he told reporters when he emerged at 8pm.

"They just asked me what it wasall about and I answered. They didn't tell me under which Act I was being investigated," said Abdullah, who declined to give details of his conversation with the police.

SDCP Abdul Samah confirmed that a certain Victoria Selammal of the Community of Praise Petaling Jaya Church lodged a police report on Tuesday night against Sunday's protesters.

According to a source, in her report, Victoria said she was approached by an officer from the Petaling Jaya Special Branch at 11am Sunday, and was told that several protesters wanted to have a word with her.

After the service ended, she met Abdullah, former Petaling Jaya Selatan Umno Wanita chief Munaliza Hamzah, and another man "dressed in a red shirt and black songkok", while the rest of the congregation remained in the church, the source said.

"She said the man in the songkok was livid and ordered the church to take down the cross. Fearing for the safety of the church and herself, she agreed to take down the cross at 1pm.

"After the protesters left at about 2.30pm, Abdullah told her that he intended to report the church to the Petaling Jaya City Hall," said the source, who claimed that Abdullah's role in the protest was not mentioned in the report.

Meanwhile, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister and United Sabah Dusun Association president Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin has expressed support for the protesters to be investigated.

"I urge all parties to learn from the incident so that it doesn't recur because it could threaten national harmony."


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