Preacher nabbed for al­legedly in­sult­ing con­sti­tu­tional monar­chy

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KUALA LUMPUR: Pe­nang Chief Min­is­ter’s of­fice in­for­ma­tion chief Wan Ji Wan Hussin is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated over an al­leged vi­ral clip, which saw him in­sult­ing the Malaysian con­sti­tu­tional monar­chy.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Mo­hamad Fuzi Harun said po­lice had re­ceived at least two re­ports on the newly ap­pointed in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer.

He said Wan Ji is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 4(1) of the Sedi­tion Act 1948.

“Po­lice ar­rested him af­ter Fri­day prayers at Masjid Sem­bi­lang in Se­berang Jaya at 2.45pm,” Fuzi said.

He was speaking to re­porters af­ter at­tend­ing the re­tire­ment cer­e­mony for the former Strate­gic Re­sources and Tech­nol­ogy Depart­ment di­rec­tor Datuk Seri Abd Manan Mohd Has­san, here, yes­ter­day.

In the two-minute-and-45-sec­ond long video, Wan Ji was al­legedly heard as say­ing that the dis­ad­van­tages of hav­ing a monar­chy sys­tem out­weighed the ad­van­tages.

In Ge­orge Town, state deputy po­lice chief Datuk Roslee Chik said Wan Ji, who is a PKR mem­ber, had since been trans­ferred to Kuala Lumpur as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­per into his case was opened there.

“Wan Ji was trans­ferred to Kuala Lumpur about 7pm. His re­mand or­der will be made there,” he said.

“It (his ar­rest) has some­thing to do with a talk where he had hit out at the gov­ern­ment and the royalty,” he added.

The preacher from Ke­lan­tan was ap­pointed Pe­nang’s in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer late last month to help the state counter at­tacks that it was anti-Malay and anti-Is­lam.

Wan Ji was trans­ferred to Kuala Lumpur about 7pm. His re­mand or­der will be made there.

DATUK ROSLEE CHIK Pe­nang deputy po­lice chief

Wan Ji, a 35-year-old fa­ther of four, is a grad­u­ate in Shariah Is­lam­miyah at the Al-Azhar Univer­sity in Egypt.

State PKR Youth chief As­rol Sani Ab­dul Razak, who wit­nessed the ar­rest, called for sol­i­dar­ity in sup­port of Wan Ji.

He said there was a group of po­lice­men wait­ing for Wan Ji af­ter he fin­ished de­liv­er­ing the ser­mon.

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