DAP man held over FB polls ‘threat’

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IPOH: Things are heat­ing up on the fi­nal day be­fore the Perak DAP election in Taip­ing to­day.

A party mem­ber was ar­rested yes­ter­day fol­low­ing a re­port lodged on a com­ment made on so­cial me­dia, deemed as con­tain­ing threats against two can­di­dates.

Teluk In­tan DAP mem­ber Cheah Leong Huat, 48, was picked up at his home in Teluk In­tan at 9pm on Fri­day to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der Sec­tion 507 of the Pe­nal Code for mak­ing threats and Sec­tion 223 of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Act 1998.

The in­sur­ance agent, who has been a DAP mem­ber for 20 years, was de­tained for a com­ment he had made on a friend’s Face­book post, where he asked mem­bers to re­ject two can­di­dates.

Cheah said his com­ment was not a threat.

“I wrote a com­ment in Chi­nese ask­ing to ‘chop’ can­di­dates No. 13 and 14 and to cel­e­brate their de­feats. When I said ‘chop’, I did not mean kill or elim­i­nate. It just means to re­ject the two can­di­dates as DAP lead­ers.

“Un­for­tu­nately, there were in­di­vid­u­als who lodged a re­port on the com­ment, lead­ing to my ar­rest. Po­lice recorded my state­ment and I was re­leased on po­lice bail at mid­night.”

Kam­par mem­ber of par­lia­ment Thomas Su Keong Siong, who was at the press con­fer­ence with Cheah, said they hoped those who lodged the re­port would with­draw it be­cause it was against the party’s stand re­gard­ing free­dom of speech.

Can­di­dates No. 13 and 14 are Perak DAP chair­man Nga Kor Ming and Perak DAP ad­viser Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham.

“Nga had been ar­rested and in­ves­ti­gated by the po­lice many times dur­ing the pre­vi­ous govern­ment’s ad­min­is­tra­tion for be­ing vo­cal. I am con­fi­dent he does not agree with this re­port against a mem­ber who spoke his mind,” said Su.

“If the re­port is not with­drawn, I and sev­eral party lead­ers will help Cheah in le­gal mat­ters.”

Twenty-four can­di­dates will com­pete for 15 lead­er­ship roles in the state party election.

Press sec­re­tary to the hu­man re­sources min­is­ter Cheong Chee Khing (right) show­ing the com­ment posted by DAP mem­ber Cheah Leong Huat (left), at a press con­fer­ence in Ipoh yes­ter­day.

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