‘Su­per­man’ ar­rested over FB post about PM and wife

The Star Malaysia - - Na­tion - By CRYS­TAL CHIAM SHIY­ING shiy­ing@thes­tar.com.my

GE­ORGE TOWN: For­mer DAP mem­ber Hew Kuan Yau (pic), pop­u­larly known as “Su­per­man”, has been ar­rested for al­legedly in­sult­ing the Prime Min­is­ter and his wife on Face­book.

Hew, who is Pe­nang Asia Comic Cul­tural Mu­seum cu­ra­tor, was picked up by three po­lice­men at the mu­seum in Kom­tar at around 1.17pm yes­ter­day.

Ac­com­pa­nied by lawyer R.S.N. Rayer and a few DAP mem­bers, Hew ar­rived at the Patani Road po­lice sta­tion at around 2.55pm.

When met out­side, Rayer said Hew was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Act 1998.

“Po­lice, how­ever, could not say which sec­tion of the Act he is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der.

“We only know a po­lice re­port was lodged in Ku­lai, Jo­hor. He was de­nied bail and po­lice of­fi­cers from Jo­hor will be driv­ing him to Jo­hor Baru tonight,” he said be­fore leav­ing the sta­tion at 4pm.

Hew is ex­pected to be pro­duced at the Jo­hor Baru mag­is­trate’s court for re­mand to­day.

It is learnt Hew, in a post­ing at 6.16pm on March 13, had al­legedly made ref­er­ence of the Prime Min­is­ter and his wife to the Dis­ney char­ac­ters in the movie Beauty and the Beast.

In JO­HOR BARU, state po­lice chief Comm Datuk Seri Wan Ah­mad Na­j­mud­din Mohd said the case was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 233 (1)(a) of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Act 1998 for im­proper use of net­work fa­cil­i­ties or ser­vices to make an of­fen­sive re­mark with the in­tent to an­noy, abuse or ha­rass an­other per­son.

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