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Thursday, 14 June 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

NGOs want action against Kadir for disrespecting King

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of people representing non-governmental organisations staged a protest outside Istana Negara over their dissatisfaction with Datuk A. Kadir Jasin and others who have shown disrespect towards the King.

“Stern action must be taken against individuals or groups who tried to destroy the relations between the monarchy and the people, to defame the good name of the monarchy, under the Sedition Act,” Yayasan Belia Malaysia chairman Datuk Dr Suhaimi Ibrahim said. “And they include Kadir Jasin.”

Dr Suhaimi, the group’s spokesman, also demanded that Kadir apologise to the King.

“This all started with him. As a Malaysian, he should embrace the principles of the Rukunegara. He should defend the monarchy and apologise to all Malaysians and Malay Rulers,” he said.

The protesters, who gathered at the main gate, wore light green T-shirts with the words “Daulat Tuanku” written in front and “Sultan Muhammad V” on the back.

They have also brought along a banner and several placards to show their support for the King.

Some of the placards condemned Kadir for being rude.

“We belong to more than 60 NGOs across the nation. We are here to defend and support the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Malay Rulers and the monarchy.

“We also want to protest against individuals or groups who tried to insult the monarchy,” Dr Suhaimi said.

“We cannot accept this as it may ruin the good relations between the Ruler and the people,” he added.

Kadir came under fire recently over his views on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The veteran newsman, who is also a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia supreme council member, in his personal blog post wrote that some RM257mil was spent for the upkeep and personal expenditure of Sultan Muhammad V in the 16 months since he became the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

His blog post was also criticised by PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

On Saturday, Kadir resigned as Media and Communications head of the Council of Eminent Persons.