Cops nab 3 for allegedly insulting Islam
KUALA LUMPUR: Police arrested three people yesterday for allegedly insulting Islam on social media following the death of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Dr Haron Din.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said they were arrested in Shah Alam, Bandar Utama and Ipoh and are being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
Khalid said initial investigations revealed that the trio made their remarks in the wake of an alleged insensitive tweet posted by Jelutong Member of Parliament (MP), Jeff Ooi (pix) over the death of Haron.
Two of those arrested, Mohd Sidek Kamison, 50, and Lim Cheng Lam, 62, were released yesterday after the magistrate’s court denied an application by police for a remand order.
Mohd Sidek was a former journalist with The Edge and The Star. The individual arrested in Ipoh is still under police custody.
Police have also started investigations into Ooi.
“We will investigate Ooi under Section 298 of the Penal Code for uttering words with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person,” Khalid said.
He was talking to reporters after attending the Bukit Aman monthly assembly here.
Bernama reports that Ooi will give his statement at the Jalan Patani police station in George Town, Penang, today.
It was reported Ooi tweeted last Friday, “Adios Harun Din. Let there be peace”.
Haron, 76, died at 10.10am on Friday (Malaysian time) at Stanford University Hospital in San Francisco, due to heart complications.
Meanwhile, Khalid said they are also investigating army veteran Mohd Ali Baharom for criminal intimidation under Section 506 of the Penal Code over his alleged threats against Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah.
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