KUALA LUMPUR: Police are investigating veteran newsman Datuk A. Kadir Jasin for sedition and defamation, says Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
The Inspector-General of Police said that three police reports have been lodged against Kadir after he had posted on his personal blog that some RM257mil was spent for the upkeep and personal expenditure of Sultan Muhammad V in the 16 months since he became the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“So far, three reports have been lodged against him, in Selangor, the Klang Valley and Kelantan.
“Along with sedition and defamation, he is also being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for improper use of network facilities or network service,” Fuzi told a press conference at Menara TM here Thursday after launching the Op Selamat 13/2018 campaign for the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations.
Kadir, who is the spokesman for the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) looking into economic and other reforms formed by Pakatan Harapan after it took over Putrajaya in GE14, is also a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia supreme council member.
His blog post was also criticised by PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who said, “While I support democracy and freedom of expression, what was said was inappropriate.”
Anwar said that there should be some decorum when expressing views as those singled out for criticism were unable to clarify such opinions.
“We have worked very hard to get the Malay Rulers to appreciate this new administration” and this was “unhealthy,” he told reporters after a closed-door meeting with PKR assemblymen and MPs on Wednesday (June 6).