KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — Police have arrested three people who removed several political party flags by cutting them down and handing them over to cops in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) today.
City police chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said police were informed of the flag removal by a member of the public who claimed he saw three women cutting down the flags along Jalan Leong Yew Koh.
“Following the alert, a team conducted a search on two vehicles driven by the trio after they arrived at the TTDI police station to hand over the flags kept inside a bag,” he said.
He said police recovered 133 Barisan Nasional (BN) flags, cutting tools, flashlight and plastic bags during the search.
Initial investigations revealed the trio to be in their 30s, who are TTDI residents of different ethnic groups not politically aligned to any parties.
“They claimed they were motivated to do so following continued inaction by the local authorities to enforce rules regarding the installation of party flags before Nomination Day on April 28 after they had lodged complaints on the matter.
“Their actions were conducted voluntarily and were not pressured by any political parties,” he said.
The public is advised to report such incidents to the local municipal authorities and not take matters into their own hands.
The case is being investigated under Section 427 of the Penal Code for committing mischief.
On April 7, a video showing a man removing BN flags in TTDI was shared online and went viral.
The 41-second video is believed to have been recorded by a motorist along Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi around 10.30am.
In it, a man was shown removing BN flags by the roadside near the TTDI police station when the motorist approached him.
The man then responded with vulgar gestures after realising he was being recorded by the motorist, and continued removing several more flags up the road.