Malay rights group Perkasa and several other non-governmental organisations have called for action against opposition leaders who do not respect the Malay rulers.
They made the call in a full-page report in Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia today, in which the daily criticised the alleged actions of PKR deputy president Azmin Ali (left) and Batu MP Tian Chua, who is also a PKR vice-president.
About 20 NGOs also lodged police reports accusing the opposition of showing disrespect to the Malay rulers.
Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali asked why the other opposition leaders were quiet, insteading of responding to the allegations of disrespect to the Malay rulers.
"They are not responding to the allegations as they do not want to be seen as defensive because they are truly involved in disrespecting the Malay rulers. If they reply, they should deny the allegations if they is not true.
"They are in a dilemma now and the best way is to keep quiet,"Utusan Malaysia quotes Ibrahim as saying.
Federation of National Silat Exponents chairperson Omardin Mauju also warned the opposition not to show disrespect to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
"We have four million members and we will not compromise on issues pertaining to the Malay rulers and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong," Omardin is quoted as saying.
The daily also quotes Malay Professional Thinkers Association chairperson Kamarudin Kachar as saying that if Azmin and Tian Chua (right) had not acted disrespectfully, they should come out in the open and deny it.
"Their silence only shows that they are incapable of responding to the allegation. We are not surprised that they are keeping quiet, for they have also kept quiet on issues involving the integrity of the nation," Kamarudin said.
Utusan Malaysia also reported that several demonstrations have been held to show the people's displeasure on the issue.
Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein is quoted by The Star as calling for a Royal Commission of Inquiry on opposition leaders who mock the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.