Aussie ‘Jalur Gemilang’ flashers released with a caution

 |Oct 6, 2016
“This is something serious that can be forgiven,” said Raymond.
“This is something serious that can’t be forgiven,” said Raymond Suppiah.

The nine Jalur Gemilang undie Aussie flashers were released with a caution by Sepang Sessions Court today.

The Aussies had earlier pleaded guilty when they were charged under Section 290 of the Penal Code for public nuisance.

The charge carries a fine not exceeding RM400 each upon conviction.

Stressing that their conduct was “totally inappropriate”, Judge Harith Sham Mohamed Yasin said he took their young age, between 25 and 29, into consideration in his decision.

He said the nine, who were remanded for past four days, lacked awareness that their action was insensitive.

“They were remorseful,” said Harith when dismissing the case.

The nine stripped down to their swimwear printed with the Malaysian flag when celebrating Australian Daniel Ricciardo’s maiden Formula One win of the season at Sepang race circuit last Sunday.

They also imitated the driver’s “shoey maneuver” by drinking from their footwear.

Meantime, a local social activist has demanded Canberra to publicly apologise to the Malaysian government and the people for the scornful ‘Jalur Gemilang’ striptease show.

Kuala Lumpur Citizens Welfare Association (Sesama) president A. Raymond Suppiah said the Australian government should take full responsibility over indecent public acts by its citizens.

“Canberra should officially issue a public apology to the government and people of Malaysia over the insult to our national flag.

“A Jalur Gemilang striptease show is not welcomed in our country,” insisted Raymond Suppiah.

Among the nine Aussies, who were detained on Sunday and released today, was Jack Walker, a policy advisor to Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne.

“How can someone (Walker) holding such a position can indulge in such and act which touched the sensitivity of Malaysians? This is something serious that can’t be forgiven,” he stressed.

Raymond Suppiah plans to submit a memorandum to the Australian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, seeking an apology from Canberra.

 

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Murali is a contributor to MO. He advocates the principle of practising human rights with responsibility.