Malaysia to probe MP's CNY video
POLICE in Malaysia said they will scrutinise the contents of opposition MP Teresa Kok's Chinese New Year video clip, which is laced with political innuendos, to determine whether it was seditious or defamatory, according to reports yesterday.
The clip, titled Onederful Malaysia CNY 2014 Video Clip, was uploaded on Jan 27 and circulated widely on Facebook, reported Bernama.
Internal Security and Public Order director Salleh Mat Rasid told The Star that action would be taken against Ms Kok if she had committed an offence in the video.
The 11min 39sec video portrayed the Democratic Action Party (DAP) politician as the host of a fengshui show interviewing three panellists on their advice and predictions for the Year of the Horse.
Speaking in a mix of Cantonese, Mandarin, Malay and English, the panellists in the video used a variety of horse puns to poke fun at issues such as corruption, the education system and the militant intrusion in Sabah last year.
One panellist, dubbed "Mistress Yen Yen", exhorted viewers to visit Malaysia in the new year, and gave examples of exciting attractions in Sabah, such as pirates, kidnappings and machine-gun fire.
Another panellist, known as "Madam Ji" in the video, gave viewers advice on how to squirrel away money, and boasts of buying expensive leather handbags which she said can double as tough shields against snatch thieves.
Four non-governmental organisations had lodged police reports demanding that action be taken against Ms Kok for insulting Prime Minister Najib Razak, his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and the government in the video clip, The Malaysian Insider reported.
In Kota Kinabalu, Rural Development Minister Shafie Apdal said stern action should be taken against DAP for ridiculing Sabah and Malaysian security forces in the video.
"Issues of national security should not be lampooned. Our fellow Malaysians sacrificed their lives in defending the country," he said.
Ms Kok told Bernama she will not remove the clip, which is meant to be "humorous political satire".