Pahang MBM chairman Wan Emril Nizam Wan Embong (centre) and NGO members showing the police reports lodged over Pokok Sena member of parliament Datuk Mahfuz Omar's alleged insult of Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah. Pix by Farizul Hafiz Awang

KUANTAN: The Pahang arm of the Malaysia Youth Council (MBM), together with eight other non-governmental organisations (NGO) have lodged police reports over Pokok Sena member of parliament Datuk Mahfuz Omar's alleged insult of Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Pahang MBM chairman Wan Emril Nizam Wan Embong labelled Mahfuz's action as shocking and unacceptable in light of his long experience in politics in Malaysia.

"His action is insolent and disrespectful towards the country's royal institution. It clearly shows that Mahfuz is an egotistical person and a politician who lacks maturity.

"His act of comparing the (health) condition of the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah with Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is a most unwise one.

"This is because his Highness' (Sultan Ahmad Shah) position lies beyond the political system of the country, in contrast to Dr Mahathir being a part of politics and having nothing to do with the royal institution," he said.

He was speaking to the media after lodging a police report, together with other NGOs, at the district police station here today.

Besides Wan Emril, among the others were state 4B Youth chairman Razaki Omar, Kuantan Felda Youth executive committee member Adri Bahtiar Abdul Aziz, state arm of Malaysian Indian Youth Council (MIYC) chairman A. Rajeswaran, Kuantan Youth Council executive committee member Mohd Zharif A. Rahim, and Pahang Artists' Aspiration Organisation (Pertubuhan Aspirasi Anak Seni Pahang) secretary Salman Mohd Zaki.

The reports were over the online dissemination of a video clip of Mahfuz's political ceramah which took place early this month.

Wan Emril said urged for Mahfuz to be probed under the Sedition Act 1948 and for stern action be taken against the former Pas member.

He said this is necessary in order to serve as a lesson to others, especially politicians, not to spread statements that insult the country's royal institution.

"If we hope for him (Mahfuz) to apologise, that will not happen, as seen yesterday when he said he would not issue an apology. This clear shows how egotistical he was.

"If Mahfuz is not even willing to apologise, then we urge the authorities to take stern action under the law against the Pokok Sena member of parliament.

"By doing this (purported insult of Sultan Ahmad Shah), I believe that Mahfuz is trying to get attention and sympathy following him leaving Pas (in December last year).

"Regardless, we do not really want to know his intentions (for making the alleged insult), but he needs to be responsible over anything he does," said Wan Emril.

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