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Penang restaurateur probed for decorating outlets with Communism-themed wallpaper

GEORGE TOWN — The police are probing a restaurateur for decorating two of his outlets, one in Pulau Tikus here and another at Auto City in Juru, with wallpaper bearing elements of Communism and a Communist leader.

An outlet in Auto City, Juru, featuring Communism-themed wallpaper.

An outlet in Auto City, Juru, featuring Communism-themed wallpaper.

GEORGE TOWN — The police are probing a restaurateur for decorating two of his outlets, one in Pulau Tikus here and another at Auto City in Juru, with wallpaper bearing elements of Communism and a Communist leader.

State Criminal Investigation Department chief, Senior Assistant Commissioner Rahimi Ra'ais, said the investigation was initiated after the police received information from the public about the matter.

"We have opened an investigation paper for both cases, one here, and another in the Seberang Prai Tengah district.

"We have yet to call the 40-year-old restaurant owner in for questioning since he is under Covid-19 quarantine," he said.

The case is being probed under Section 47 of the Societies Act 1966 for publishing propaganda of an unlawful society.

The case is also being investigated under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code for making, publishing or circulating any statement, rumour or report with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public.

On Saturday (Jan 2), photos of the restaurants' interior, with wallpaper bearing elements of Communism and a Communist leader, found their way onto social media, earning the wrath of netizens.

Many demanded strict action against the restaurant owner, with some calling for his citizenship to be stripped.

The wallpaper was subsequently removed by the police. NEW STRAITS TIMES

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