Tan Seng Giaw denies issuing viral message about arrest of youths

KUALA LUMPUR: Incumbent Kepong MP Dr Tan Seng Giaw has denied issuing a message which claimed that Malaysian Chinese youths were arrested for making disparaging remarks against the government on social media.

“Why would I send out a message like that? I think this is fake news created by criminals and eventually the culprits will be arrested by the authorities.” he told The Star on Monday (April 16).

The DAP national vice-chairman said he is considering to lodge a police report over the matter on Tuesday (April 17), and labelled the message as racial in nature.

“We want all races to live in harmony. This message is completely unnecessary and I have never done such a thing in my entire life.”

“There’s no need for anybody to cause racial disharmony.”

According to Dr Tan, he had received the message two days ago after it was forwarded by a reporter.

The message, which went viral, had urged the Malaysian Chinese community not to post any “anti-government dirty remarks” on social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and WeChat.

It claimed that nine Malaysian Chinese youths were arrested and immediately hurled into the Sungai Buloh prison for 60 days without a court hearing.