Former Bersih man detained for allegedly insulting Islam

PETALING JAYA: Police have detained former Bersih 2.0 deputy chairman Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan for allegedly insulting the Islamic faith.  

It is learnt that Sarajun was picked up by police on Monday evening (Jan 29) and brought to Dang Wangi police headquarters.  

His arrest was confirmed by Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Shaharuddin Abdullah, but he declined to give further information, saying that the case was under Bukit Aman.

It is learnt that Sarajun is being investigated under Section 298 of the Penal Code (uttering words with intent to wound the religious feelings of any person) and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.  

In October last year, several NGOs lodged police reports against Sarajun for criticising on social media about the detention of Turkish Islamic intellectual Mustafa Akyol by the Federal Territories Islamic Affairs Department on Sept 24.  

Mustafa was held for allegedly giving a talk on Islam without prior accreditation from the Religious Teaching Supervisory Committee.  

It is, however, unclear if the arrest is related to the police reports.

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