Flora Damansara man must be investigated, says lawyer
SN Nair urges police to open probe into man in video for allegedly violating the Penal Code when he told cafe patrons to ‘dress properly’ and respect Muslims.
PETALING JAYA: Police must immediately investigate the man in a video, telling patrons at a cafe in Flora Damansara to dress “appropriately” in respect of the majority Muslim community living in their area, a lawyer said today.
SN Nair said that if the video clip, which has gone viral on social media, was authentic, the man had likely committed an alleged criminal offence under the chapter relating to religion in the Penal Code.
“The police need not wait for a complaint from the public, but a policeman can instead lodge a report to begin investigations,” he told FMT.
Nair said this in response to the one-and-a-half minute video where the individual, wearing a black skull cap and dressed in a long black jubah, or Arabic male gown, claimed to represent the community of Flora Damansara in Petaling Jaya.
The man, who is seen holding a piece of paper listing the prohibitions, also gave the patrons a week to comply with the notice, and asked them to share the information with their friends.
Nair, a former police officer, said the man was allegedly imposing his values on others and may have breached Section 298(A) of the Penal Code by “causing disharmony, disunity, or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill will, or prejudicing, etc, the maintenance of harmony or unity, on grounds of religion”.
“The police have a duty to protect public peace and order,” he said, adding that if no action was taken it would embolden others to conduct similar acts, which may then possibly result in retaliation by others.
Nair said such conduct “must be nipped in the bud”, and stressed that Malaysia was a secular nation with a sizeable multi-racial and multi-religious population.
Published on Sep 22, 2017
22 September 2017
Man denies moral police claim, says talk meant to educate African community in Flora Damansara
PETALING JAYA: The man in a video acting as moral police at a mamak restaurant in Flora Damansara clarified that it was not his intention to gain popularity from the recording.
Mohamed Farith Mohamed Jamal, 37, said he was just a spokesman in the video.
“The programme was actually headed by Mohd Najib Jalil, a resident representative. During the night of the incident (Thursday night) there were about 50 residents who joined the community service briefing targetting the African residents here,” he said.
Farith said there had been a lot of social problems in the area.
“We have been facing social problems with the African community, with them drinking in public areas, drug abuse and prostitution.
“When they get drunk some of them sleep at the staircase or pee at public facilities and also disturb public order in the area.
“As for prostitution, we are uncomfortable because it is done openly by the Thai and African girls who attract the African men who are staying in this area,” he said.
“The residents are concerned for their safety and that’s why we voluntarily conducted such briefing service programme to educate them (Africans) not to misbehave in public areas,” he said.
Najib said there were 10,000 people living in Flora Damansara and about 20 per cent of them were Africans.
“We have to do something to curb the social problems. We do not want our family members to be caught in these social issues.”
Accused of proselytisation, Flora Damansara man says only briefing ‘African residents’ (VIDEO)
PETALING JAYA, Sept 22 — The man at the centre of a controversial video showing him allegedly urging non-Muslims in the Flora Damansara apartments to adhere to Islamic religious norms said he was merely addressing “African residents” there.
Mohamed Farith Mohamed Jamal, 37, told Malay Mail Online that the intention behind the video was to generate awareness and educate residents from the continent of what he claimed was the cultural sensitivities of the Malay community there.
Mohamed Farith also insisted he was not making a case against other non-Muslims especially Malaysians, and was not deliberately trying to incite racial or religious tension.
The financial trainer claimed that based on eyewitness accounts, the ethnic African residents, of whom many are Nigerians, have been drinking alcohol in public, littering the staircases with beer cans, while making a lot of noises at night.
“It’s not that we are against drinking or whatever activities that they want to do. But we want to request that they please do it behind closed doors or at the proper premises. In fact, we invited them to listen to our briefing.
Read more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/accused-of-proselytisation-flora-damansara-man-says-only-briefing-african-r#ZAcH4bryfUo4D8qH.99