KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, today stressed that the government will ensure that no one makes a mockery of national harmony and peace.
The Prime Minister said, the government will not tolerate this and warned that action will be taken according to the law, to ensure that it does not happen.
If anyone violates the laws for his own interests, this government, which upholds the principle of the rule of law, will act in accordance with the law, he said, at the Dewan Rakyat (Parliament).
Dr Mahathir made the statement, in the wake of the riots, in the vicinity of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, near Subang Jaya, on Monday and Tuesday.
He said, it is not the intention of the government to punish anyone blindly, but democracy has its limits and everyone must understand these boundaries of democracy.
No one can act as one likes, in violation of the law and cause anxiety among the people and chaos in the country, he said.
Dr Mahathir emphasised again that the incident was not racial or religious in nature, but a criminal act which should not be given any room to ruin the inter-racial relations in the country.
He said, the government will not hesitate to take firm action against any provocative attempts, as well as, against those who try to challenge the country’s laws.
The government has pledged not to impose any barriers on news reporting, but this freedom must be used with full responsibility and not to exploit circumstances that may lead to inter-racial breakups and disharmony.
This is also not the time to point fingers at anyone. The police have been given the responsibility to maintain peace and conduct investigations. The offenders will face the appropriate legal action, he said.
Dr Mahathir urged all the people to stay calm and avoid getting involved in activities that can be the basis for instigation and sedition.
He said, it is most important for all quarters to realise that the security and stability of the country is a shared responsibility.
We want this matter to be handed over to the authorities and I ask all quarters, whether in this House or in public, to exercise caution when issuing statements or sharing news on the incident, because too much of fake and incorrect news has already been circulated.
Politicians, leaders of NGOs and vested parties should not attempt to fish in troubled waters, he said.
The Prime Minister also said that the police have been given the authority to handle the situation tactfully, to ease tensions and restore public order.
Source: NAM News Network