Facebook user arrested for insulting Agong

A Facebook user has been arrested by police for allegedly insulting the king, while three other social media users are being investigated for the same offence. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, March 1, 2020.

POLICE have arrested a man and opened three other investigations on Facebook posts insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong over the nation’s political situation.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Huzir Mohamed said a 35-year-old man was arrested over his seditious post.

“A seizure was made. Police will apply for a remand order against the man. The investigation is ongoing,” he said in a statement.

The other investigations were on Facebook users Aaron Yee, Gavin Lee and Haizad Azhar who had respectively posted status that insulted the king.

They had accused the king of undermining the country’s democracy and accused him of being racist, among other things.

Huzir said an investigation was also launched yesterday over a seditious post uploaded on Fadiah Nadwa Fikri @ FadiahNadwa’s Twitter account which could lead to disharmony and jeopardise the country’s public order.

Huzir said the police have initiated investigations under Section 4(1)(a) of the Sedition Act and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.

He also urged members of the public to uphold the second principle of the Rukun Negara “Loyalty to king and country” to safeguard the nation’s harmony.

“Refrain from making seditious statements, rumours or news as well as anything that is against the law which will disturb public order or cause hatred on any party.

“Police will not compromise and will make sure the offender faces justice,” he said. – March 1, 2020.

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