(NST) RM8,000 reward for info on flag-burner

Saturday, September 15, 2007
The Terengganu MCA Youth wing is offering RM3,000, on top of the RM5,000 put up by the state Umno Youth, as reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who burned the national flag during Saturday’s riot at Batu Burok.

State MCA Youth secretary Toh Seng Cheng said the wing was perturbed by the act of torching the Jalur Gemilang and was eager to see the culprit brought to book.
“We want to do our part and as Malaysians, we feel the culprit should face severe punishment. Such an act cannot be tolerated,” he told The Star yesterday. The state Gerakan and MIC have also pledged contributions to the reward money.
Earlier, the state Umno Youth offered the cash and a trip to perform the Umrah as reward for information leading to the arrest of the culprit.
In the 9pm riot on Saturday, an illegal gathering turned ugly when police ordered them to disperse. A man wearing a helmet was photographed burning the national flag during the riot. The act triggered a nationwide outcry.
Meanwhile, Terengganu police yesterday issued pictures of nine people whom they say can help to come facilitate investigations.
State deputy CID Chief Supt Khairi Ahrasa said police identified the nine based on pictures recorded during the riot.
He also said that three reports were also lodged by the Kuala Terengganu Municipal Council, state Public Works Department and state Umno Youth over the damage to public property and the burning of the flag.
He said those who had details of the nine could contact the police headquarters here.
Supt Khairi said those with information should contact Asst Supt Mohd Hadzwan Zulkifli at 012-3674945 or District CID chief Deputy Supt Noor Mushar Mohamad at 013-9366565.