Avoid putting up materials that can cause disharmony, Nur Jazlan warns publishers

Rizalman Hammim

JOHOR BARU: The Home Ministry today said it will not compromise over the publishing of writings, images or caricatures that can lead to racial or religious disharmony.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the ministry would not hesitate to take stern action against any media organisations that published such materials.

"Everybody should take heed of what have happened with Nanyang Siang Pau. Let this be a warning to other publishers not to do the same thing because we will not compromise anymore and will take stern action," said Nur Jazlan.

He said publishers should not be irresponsible by publishing such items only to apologise later.

"Even though Nanyang Siang Pau have apologise, they should take internal action against those who are responsible for the publication of the caricature," said Nur Jazlan, who is also Pulai MP.

He said this after launching the 'Inspirasi Negaraku: Sejahtera Tanpa Dadah' programme here. Also present were state Health, Environment, Education and Information Executive Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat and National Anti Drug Agency director general Datuk Dr Abd Halim Mohd Hussin.

Nanyang Siang Pau Sdn Bhd (Nanyang Siang Pau) was recently issued a show cause letter by the ministry following the publication of a caricature insulting the Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who is also Marang MP.

On April 8, the newspaper carried a caricature in their portal which showed a monkey wearing a 'songkok' (Malay headgear) and labeled as 'speaker' while another monkey wore a turban and labeled 'Hadi Awang'.