Face­book ac­count holder ar­rested for com­ments against for­mer leader

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KUCHING: Po­lice have ar­rested a man who is al­leged to have posted in­sult­ing com­ments against a late leader of the coun­try via so­cial me­dia.

State Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Datuk Amer Awal said the 28year- old was called to present him­self at Kuching Dis­trict po­lice head­quar­ters yes­ter­day evening, where po­lice per­son­nel seized a mo­bile phone from him for in­ves­ti­ga­tion pur­pose.

“A po­lice re­port was lodged at Sekama po­lice sta­tion re­gard­ing a sta­tus up­loaded by a Face­book ac­count owner, which was said to have hu­mil­i­ated the late leader,” Amer said in a state­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to him, after re­view­ing the sta­tus po­lice de­cided to in­ves­ti­gate the re­port un­der Section 504 of the Pe­nal Code and Section 233 of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Act 1998.

“The owner of the Face­book ac­count, a 28- year- old man, was iden­ti­fied and called to Kuching Dis­trict po­lice head­quar­ters and was then ar­rested,” Amer said, adding the man was later re­leased on po­lice bail after his state­ment was recorded.

The said Face­book post, how­ever, has been taken down.

Mean­while, Ban­dar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen posted re­marks on his Face­book page re­gard­ing the ar­rest of the man.

“The charge was that he has posted some un­pleas­ant re­marks about the prime min­is­ter.

“The po­lice claimed that they did not re­quire a war­rant to ef­fect the ar­rest, and also dis­al­lowed a lawyer to be present dur­ing the in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

“It is a big irony that on this Malaysia Day, the rights of the peo­ple to com­ment against our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers is so much sup­pressed as if there is no right of ex­pres­sion amongst the peo­ple.”

Chong also said ‘ it is a shame that the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the coun­try has to re­sort to po­lice op­pres­sion to sup­press the voices of dis­sent’.

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