3R issues resurface in Kemaman

SUARA SINAR
04 Dec 2023 11:14am
It is imperative for political parties and their leaders to exercise greater restraint and sensitivity to maintain harmony within the nation. - FILE PIX by Sinar
It is imperative for political parties and their leaders to exercise greater restraint and sensitivity to maintain harmony within the nation. - FILE PIX by Sinar
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THE sensitive topic of 3R (royal institutions, religion, and race) has once again reared its head during the recent campaign for the Kemaman by-election in Terengganu.

This time, the police have launched an investigation into several political leaders following their speeches during the campaign.

Some of these leaders have issued provocative statements, including a 'fatwa' urging Umno members to abandon the party, promising rewards akin to the time of Prophet Muhammad.

This blatant exploitation of 3R issues for political gain is deeply concerning and trivialises these sensitive matters.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Chief Compliance Officer Datuk Zulkarnain Mohd Yasin had previously warned about the resurgence of 3R issues during elections. Unfortunately, this by-election has proven him right.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Razarudin Husain has also reiterated the seriousness of this issue, emphasising their close monitoring of politicians' statements made through online campaigns and other platforms.

Despite the police's vigilance, some parties continue to make irresponsible remarks without considering the potential consequences.

This highlights the need for the government to find effective measures to prevent the exploitation of 3R issues in elections.

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Learning from past cases and the penalties imposed on those involved is crucial for all members of society.

Previous individuals investigated for 3R-related offenses include Pas President Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang, DAP Chairman Lim Guan Eng, Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor, and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Federal Police Criminal Investigation Department Elite Crime Investigation Unit investigates 3R cases.

As the country prepares for future elections, it is imperative for political parties and their leaders to exercise greater restraint and sensitivity to maintain harmony within the nation.

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