PUTRAJAYA — April 11, 2017: The Home Affairs Ministry (KDN) today called up the editor-in-chief of Nanyang Siang Pau following the publication of a caricature insulting the Dewan Rakyat speaker and the president of PAS.
A show-cause letter was also issued to the Chinese daily under the Printing Presses and Publications Act. The paper has three days from today to respond to the letter.
“Subsequent action will be taken based on the regulations and procedures specified,” said the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim, who added that the caricature could jeopardise public order as it encouraged
negative sentiments, enmity, hatred and prejudice against other people or races.
“It is also indirectly ridiculing parliament and Islam because Bill 355 (Syariah Court (Amendment) Bill (Criminal Jurisdiction) which was portrayed in the caricature is linked to Islamic affairs,” he said.
On April 8, the newspaper carried a caricature in their portal which showed a monkey wearing a songkok and labelled the character as speaker (Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia) and Hadi Awang (Member of Parliament/PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang).
Both monkeys were shown to be sitting on the branch of a tree which was labelled Act 355.
Nanyang Siang Pau, in a statement yesterday, apologised to Pandikar and Hadi and admitted that the publication was not proper for public consumption.
In addition, it withdrew the cartoon from its website, eNanyang.my.
In Kota Bharu, about 100 members of the Kelantan PAS Youth held an assembly at the Tambatan Diraja to protest against the newspaper.
Its vice-head Mohd. Ariff Abdullah described what the paper had done as being insensitive to Muslims in the country. — Bernama