KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 – Three non-governmental organisations (NGO) today lodged a police report urging the authorities to investigate two individuals who they claim to be instigators in producing articles deemed seditious and slandered the royal institution and the Malay leadership in the country.
The three NGOs, Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM), Pertubuhan Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia (MJMM) and Gerakan Melayu Bersatu called for Tan Boon Kian and Datuk Tong Kooi Ong, who they said were the owners of newsportal The Malaysian Insider (TMI), The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd and radio station BFM to be charged.
JMM president Azwanddin Hamzah said the arrests made by the police of several employees of the media agency recently were not able to aid in the investigation. “They are just writers who are paid salaries by their employers to work. They are just carrying out their responsibilities. “Police investigation must be complete, it needs to involve the media agency’s owners who have certain agendas, which is why they want their writers to write seditious articles.”
Azwanddin told reporters this after lodging the police report at the Dang Wangi district police station today. Together with 40 members of the NGOs involved, they also handed over several documents to the police regarding the ownership and shares of the three media agencies. He claimed that the documents were sufficient proof of the individuals’ involvement in slandering Islam and putting down the royal institution.