9 Aussies ar­rested for in­sult­ing na­tional flag

> Men stripped down to their un­der­wear bear­ing the Jalur Gemi­lang

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY TI­MOTHY ACHARIAM

SEPANG: Po­lice have ar­rested nine Aus­tralian cit­i­zens at the Sepang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit (SIC) for strip­ping down to their un­der­wear which bore the Malaysian flag or “Jalur Gemi­lang” on them.

The men had stripped and re­vealed their un­der­gar­ments to spec­ta­tors at the For­mula 1 Petronas Grand Prix on Sun­day.

Sepang district po­lice chief ACP Ab­dul Aziz Ali said they were ar­rested on the spot by po­lice who were nearby.

“They were caught in the act and we im­me­di­ately ar­rested them at around 5pm,” he said, adding that the men were aged be­tween 25 and 29.

He said they will be re­manded for four days un­der Sec­tion 504 and Sec­tion 14 of the Pe­nal Code.

Sec­tion 504 is for in­ten­tional in­sult with in­tent to pro­voke a breach of the peace, whereas Sec­tion 14 is for mis­be­haviour in pub­lic ar­eas.

For this of­fence the nine men could pos­si­bly be pun­ished with im­pris­on­ment for a term which may ex­tend to two years or with fine or both.

Ab­dul Aziz told theSun that the men were drunk when they were ar­rested but were not on drugs of any kind.

When asked where they could have pur­chased the un­der­wear, Ab­dul Aziz said that the men had bought them in Aus­tralia be­fore at­tend­ing the race here on Sun­day.

“We even raided their ho­tel room to see if there were any signs as to where they might have pur­chased them but there was no trace. The men them­selves had told us that they bought them in Aus­tralia.”

Mean­while, SIC CEO Datuk Ra­zlan Razali ex­pressed anger at the be­hav­iour of the men, say­ing it was a huge lack of re­spect for Malaysia as the host coun­try.

“This is stupid be­hav­iour from for­eign­ers who have no sense of cul­tural sen­si­tiv­ity and re­spect,” he said.

He added it was hard to pre­vent such in­ci­dents from hap­pen­ing but stressed that the cir­cuit will take quick ac­tion should it oc­cur again.

Ne­ti­zens on so­cial me­dia were also quick to re­buke the ac­tions of the Aussies.

The Aus­tralians who were de­tained on Sun­day.

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