KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 — Malay group Red Shirts’ leader Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos and seven others have been remanded for seven days beginning today for destroying boxes of beer bottles with a sledgehammer outside the Selangor state secretariat yesterday.
Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat said the police obtained the remand order this morning at the Shah Alam court this morning.
Yesterday, Jamal broke 10 boxes containing 100 bottles of beer outside the secretariat’s building as a symbol of protest against any attempt to hold a beer festival in the state.
The Sungai Besar Umno division chief had arrived at the building and sought entrance to meet state Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to voice his protest.
However, Jamal and his men were denied entrance by security officers, leading Jamal to then break the bottles in front of the main gate of the building, national newswire Bernama reported.
Jamal reportedly told reporters that the state government should not encourage the public to organise parties with free flow of beer.
He said he was just protesting against beer festivals and was not denying the right of non-Muslims to drink alcoholic beverages.
If found guilty under Section 143 of the Penal Code, Jamal can be imprisoned for up to six months, or fined, or both.
Acting Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has since said Jamal’s act of smashing beer bottles was not representative of his party.
Local authorities refused to give a permit for an Oktoberfest beer festival scheduled at the 1 Utama shopping complex in Petaling Jaya after district police claimed the event was a target for militant attacks.
The organisers made an appeal to the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) yesterday.
A German food and beverage event scheduled at a mall in Klang is also currently in limbo after district police claimed security threats against it.