Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says such acts were very serious and they could face severe punishment

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is prepared to take stern action based on the law against those “playing with fire” by attempting to instigate the people using the slogan “Sabah for the Sabahans” and “Sarawak for the Sarawakians”.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said such acts were very serious and they could face severe punishment.

“No one is above the law. We will not allow this to happen,” he said when simultaneously opening the general assembly of the Umno Wanita, Youth and Puteri movements at the Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) last night.

He said the action by the groups concerned to instigate the people using the slogan was very much against the Federal Constitution.

Zahid, who is also Umno vice-president discharging the duties of the deputy president, reminded that such irresponsible action could lead to sufferings being faced by the people resulting from the game and instigation of foreign intervention in future.

“We have to prevent the act of playing with fire aimed at creating anarchy and national instability,” he said.

Zahid said they were willing to politicise the issue merely to gain the people’s support.

“All these happen when there are leaders who are trapped in the game planned by politicians who are bankrupt of ideas and soul,” he added.

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