Police reports lodged against FB user over prayer call remark

Police reports lodged against FB user over prayer call remark

ALOR SETAR: Several police reports have been lodged against Facebook user Kelvin Yip for allegedly posting a sensitive remark about the morning azan call to prayer last month.

The Kedah, Penang and Johor Umno Youth lodged reports over the issue yesterday.

Kedah Umno Youth chief Datuk Shaiful Hazizy Zainul Abidin said the posting was a "clear insult" to all Muslims, saying: "Although Kiki (Siti Fairrah Ashykin Kamaruddin) said sorry, she was still charged (for her road-rage against an elderly Chinese man), but why was Yip not?

"Although Yip had apologised, we feel that it's not enough because damage has been done," he said at the Kota Setar district police headquarters here yesterday.

He urged the police, Attorney-General's office and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to charge anyone who insulted those of other religions on the internet.

In Bukit Mertajam, Penang Umno Youth lodged the report at the central Seberang Prai district police headquarters with its chief saying that Yip's action had hurt the feelings of Muslims in the country.

"If police can take action against Kiki and Ustaz Shahul Hamid although there was no police report made against them, we hope police will do the same in this case."

Last month, action was taken against Kiki for hurling insults at an elderly Chinese man who hit her car. She also used his steering lock to hit his vehicle.

Recently, PAS Ustaz Shahul Hamid got into hot water over his insulting remarks on Hinduism.

During the Hari Raya period, Yip allegedly posted his annoyance about how loud the morning azan prayers were.

He later deleted it and posted an apology before terminating his account.

Youth and Sports Minister and Umno youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin had on July 31 posted on his Facebook page calling for Yip to be charged and for authorities to act strictly regardless of race.

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