Sorry not enough for ‘insult to Islam’, Penang Umno Youth tells Nanyang

By Opalyn Mok
Jasmin (second from left) says action must be taken against Nanyang over the controversial cartoon.— Picture by Opalyn Mok

GEORGE TOWN, April 11 ― Penang Umno Youth filed a police complaint today against Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau over its caricature depicting PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia as monkeys.

The Malay nationalist party wing’s chief Jasmin Noordin insisted that action be taken against the vernacular newspaper even after it had proffered an apology.

“Their action in using two monkeys as the main subjects with the words RUU355 is an insult to Islam,” he told reporters at the police Northeast district headquarters.

He also urged the Home Affairs Ministry to withdraw the newspaper’s publishing licence.

“The apology they issued is not enough because they could repeat this if no action is taken against them.

“The apology will not erase what they had done so they must face the consequence of their actions,” Jasmin added.

Nanyang sparked a public uproar after it published a cartoon titled “Monkey Act” featuring a monkey with a songkok labelled “Speaker” while the other sported a turban and identified as “Hadi Awang” atop a tree named “Act 355” in a reference to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.

In a separate move to highlight their displeasure, Penang PAS leaders visited the local Nanyang Siang Pau office at about 3pm today.

“We met with the editor to discuss this issue and to tell them how serious we viewed this so that they will not repeat it,” its chief Mohd Fauzi Yusof told reporters after the meeting.

He also reminded other media not to publish such sensitive cartoons or articles that could cause disharmony and anger.