PDRM Probing Hadi Awang For Allegedly Saying Non-Bumiputeras Are Root Cause Of Corruption
Police have opened an investigation into PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang's controversial remarks, allegedly stating non-Bumiputeras and non-Muslims were the roots of corruption
In a Facebook post published on Saturday, 20 August, Hadi talked about the issue of corruption in Malaysia and wrote that non-Bumiputeras and non-Muslims were presumably the cause of it.
The statement sparked a public outcry and many have labelled the politician's statement as 'racist'.
Hadi, who is the Marang member of parliament (MP), holds a minister-level position due to his appointment as the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister to the Middle East.
Several DAP committee members have called out Hadi for his post, which they claimed was untrue and not backed up by any credible sources or statistics.
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng has even called for Hadi to be brought to criminal court if his statement is proven to be without any basis or proof.
The Royal Police Malaysia (PDRM) investigation into the PAS president comes after multiple police reports were lodged
According to a statement made by Bukit Aman PDRM Corporate Communications chief ACP Skandaguru Anandan on Sunday, 28 August, Hadi will be summoned to the Bukit Aman police station for investigation on a later date.
"The investigation against Abdul Hadi will be carried out by the Classified Crime Investigation Unit of the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department, and so far, a total of 28 police reports have been made over the remarks," Skandaguru said.
Hadi will be investigated under Section 505 (C) of the Penal Code for making statements that are likely to disturb the peace in the community.
Skandaguru urged the public to be more tactful when talking about religious and racial topics that may upset the community.
"Strict action will be taken against any party that affects public order and national security," he said.