The Angkatan Warisan Sarawak (Awas) group has lodged a police report against controversial army veteran Ali Tinju for uttering inflammatory comments in a YouTube video.
In the video, Ali Tinju, whose real name is Mohd Ali Baharom, told police officers not to “eat, sleep, eat, sleep”. He also said members of its Special Branch should not become “pimps” for the Opposition.
The video entitled, “Polis Jangan Makan Tidur Makan Tidur”, was posted on Aug 29 by KiniTV, Malaysiakini’s video news channel.
“This statement by Ali Tinju is an insult meant to ridicule and attack the Royal Malaysian Police entirely,” Awas secretary Mohamad Junaidi Haji Sambang said in the police report lodged in Sibu today.
“As a representative of the NGO Awas, I condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the statement made by Ali Tinju and we demand a public apology and ask that police action be taken against Ali Tinju under the Sedition Act,” he said.
Ali Tinju was reported to have made the comment during a press conference urging police to arrest the organisers and participants of the #TangkapMO1 rally last Saturday.
The former soldier also claimed that Special Branch officers were going easy on members of the Opposition and had become the “tali barut” (jackal) of the Opposition.
“What he said was extremely seditious and we cannot abide by comments like that. We thoroughly condemn Ali Tinju,” said Mohamad Junaidi, 48, when contacted by FMT.
Ali Tinju shot to infamy when he performed a “butt dance” in front of the house of former Bar Council Chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan following the Bersih 2.0 rally in 2011.
Following a slew of controversial and racially-charged comments from Ali Tinju, the Malaysian Armed Forces Veteran’s Association (PVATM) sought to distance itself from him, also saying Ali’s past claims that he was a PVATM chief were untrue.