Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hisham: Those who make false allegations will be punished

Well Said Abang Hisham & I am eagerly looking forward for Justice!

KUALA LUMPUR: Action will be taken against anyone, including the media and bloggers, if they break the law with regard to allegations that certain parties intended to make Christianity the official religion.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said, however, that it was still premature to say if action would be taken since police investigations were still ongoing. “The public should not speculate. Give us enough time to look into this sensitive issue,” he said at a press conference at Bukit Aman yesterday.

He said police had already begun looking into all aspects of a purported meeting in Penang and were speaking to those who attended it.

“We are only interested in the truth. This has no connection to the colour of the skin or political background (of individuals).

“Whatever decision that is made against anybody must be done fairly,” he said. He added that the authorities did not want it to be blown out of proportion and escalate to a point of no return like in the Middle East.

Hishammuddin said police must be given the space to investigate the matter professionally without any undue pressure.

He said the ministry had issued and given warnings to the media and bloggers to refrain from playing up sensitive racial issues that could create tension, unrest and chaos. He said the Government would not permit such things from happening in a multi-racial and multi-cultural nation.

Utusan Malaysia had a front-page story on Saturday quoting two blogs — and — that claimed a meeting attended by Christian and DAP leaders had taken place in Penang.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng later dismissed the report as a fabrication. The organisers of the meeting, who also denied the claims, said the seminar was organised to discuss and address the issue of bribery and corruption and had nothing to do with political succession.

The blogger at has deleted all his postings.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said stern action must be taken against perpetrators who fan religious sentiments. “I believe everyone, be it Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and every Malaysian of any religious believe, has one thing in mind, which is peace and harmony,” she said yesterday after announcing plans for this month’s Citrawarna Colours of 1Malaysia event.

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