MALACCA: Police on Tuesday arrested an individual who claims to be the sultan of Malacca.
State deputy CPO Datuk Shah Gzali Khan Shahadat said the man was being investigated under the Sedition Act.
He said the man was picked up at 10.50am while travelling to Pulau Besar to attend what is believed to be a thanksgiving function relating to the so-called revival of the Malacca sultanate.
"The arrest was made based on at least 10 reports made by several organisations which expressed apprehension after a so-called investiture and invitations to attend the event," he told reporters.
Shah Gzali Khan said an investigation revealed that about 50 followers of the man were headed for Pulau Besar Tuesday, apparently to attend the thanksgiving event.
"None of the followers were arrested. However, it all depends on their actions.
“Anyone obstructing the police and civil servants in the discharge of their duties will be arrested," he said.
On Jan 8, Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the state government had dismissed a claim by one Raja Noor Jan Shah to be recognised as the sultan of Malacca.
He said then that the state government only recognised the awards and medals bestowed by the Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob. – Bernama