IGP issues stern warning to those spreading rumours of racial riots in Sg Petani
IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar
IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 — Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar has issued a stern warning to those who use social network to spread rumours of an alleged racial riot in Sungai Petani as they could threaten national security.

“The people should check with the authorities to get the true picture of the situation, and not to spread rumours on social network such as Facebook, Twitter or blogs,” he told reporters after the launch of the police motorcycle patrolling unit by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at Bandar Kinrara, Puchong here today.

Refuting the rumours, Ismail said, “The emergency (declaration) is also not true, if it is true, I should have been informed.”

On the motorcycle patrolling unit, he said the initiative showed that the police were not complacent in ensuring the safety of the people.

He said continuous consultations with the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) and strategic formulation led by the Home Ministry would enable various programmes to be strengthened in combating crime.

In SUNGAI PETANI, Kedah police chief Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim said the security situation in the state was under control and normal and there were no riots as spread on the social network and text messages.

He said although a fight had occurred, it had been quelled and brought under control.

“So far 21 people had been pulled up for questioning over the fight and hopefully, everyone is aware that the situation is under control,” he said after meeting community leaders at the Kuala Muda Police District Headquarters over the alleged riots.

Meanwhile, Sungai Petani Municipal councillor S.Pichathu described the riot rumours as a propaganda perpetrated by outsiders for the situation in Sungai Petani was normal.

Another councillor, Lee Heng Chai said the rumours could have started following a fight involving of group of young people over a misunderstanding, but it was blown out of proportion by outsiders. — BERNAMA

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