KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 31): Police in North Klang have called a suspect to assist in the investigation after a video of a man vandalising Kolam during Deepavali went viral on social media.
Klang North Police District Principal Assistant Commissioner Lau Wai Kah confirmed in a statement today that the incident took place at Klang KPJ Specialist Hospital. The man involved will be summoned to the North District Police Headquarters to give evidence.
He added that the police will investigate the case under Section 298A of the Penal Code (causing anger and hatred of different races and religions).
"Police advise the public to be cautious about any act or behaviour that could jeopardise the harmony of the country."
The hospital, on the other hand, has issued a statement acknowledging the 37-second video and is conducting an internal investigation into allegations that the perpetrators are suspected staff members.
The spokesman said the hospital would not tolerate any disrespectful behaviour among staff within the hospital.
Meanwhile, retired national police chief Tan Sri Musa Hassan also criticized the man's actions on Twitter.
He tweeted that if you do something without using your brain, you have to suffer the consequences.
The man's actions in the video have drawn the ire of Hindus in Malaysia who are celebrating Deepavali from October 24 this year.
The kolam is a regular feature in Indian households during auspicious celebrations and it is also to welcome Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth.