KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — The police today offered a reward for information leading to the successful arrest of individuals involved in the stomping of a photo depicting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang at the Bersih 4 rally last weekend.
City criminal investigation department (CID) chief SAC Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad said in a brief statement that the police view the issue seriously as it could create public unrest.
“PDRM must take action according to the law to make sure this issue does not spark a response from any parties that could affect public safety,” he said in the statement, referring to the Malay acronym for the Royal Malaysian Police.
“In connection to this, PDRM urges any party that has information on the perpetrators to come forward and assist in police investigations,” he added.
Photos circulated on social media earlier this week, allegedly showing rally participants stepping on a superimposed image of Najib hugging Abdul Hadi.
The photos drew condemnation from PAS leaders, and the Bersih 2.0 steering committee categorically denied the incident was part of their programme.
Bersih 4 took place over the weekend as a 34-hour rally which ended on Sunday midnight, ushering in National Day 2015.
The demonstration calling for electoral and institutional reforms as well as Najib’s resignation saw protesters sleep on the streets on the fringes of Dataran Merdeka.
Attendees have been estimated to be up to 500,000 by the organisers, while the Home Ministry had refuted the figure, saying only 50,000 had showed up for the rally.