Police to call up Al Jazeera journalist and a Bangladeshi over a video report criticizing Malaysia

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PUTRAJAYA: The police will call up soon the Al Jazeera reporters who have recently published a documentary that allegedly portrays the Malaysian government in a very bad image.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said the police have received several reports against the documentary and they have opened an investigation under several provisions of the Penal Code and Sedition Act, he told reporters after attending the launch of the 2020 Population and Housing Census by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The 25-minute Al Jazeera documentary had portrayed what the news channel claimed to be the poor treatment of illegal immigrants in Malaysia during the measures enforced to combat Covid-19.

Malaysia has slammed the Qatari based news agency for inaccurately publishing misleading pictures of the treatment of illegal immigrants during the fight against Covid-19.

The police are also looking for the Bangladeshi man who was interviewed by Aljazeera as he allegedly made false claims.

The foreigner was among those who were interviewed by  Al Jazeera for the documentary. He allegedly lashed out at the Malaysian government over the massive operations by enforcement agencies to detain illegal immigrants during the movement control order (MCO), The Sun Daily reported.

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud has also threatened to revoke the passes of foreigners who make statements which are considered detrimental to the nation’s image.


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