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.

... Two out of three miss­ing hy­dro­gen bulk tanks were re­cov­ered by the au­thor­i­ties near Port Dick­son and Sg Ayam, near Minyak Beku Jetty, Batu Pa­hat, on Satur­day. The tanks were among the three re­ported miss­ing from a ves­sel, head­ing from Port Klang to In­done­sia.

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