IGP: Over 500 police reports about insulting royalty received


IPOH: More than 500 police reports about social media posts that allegedly insult royal institutions have been received, says Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

The Inspector-General of Police said 523 reports were lodged, with 472 involving insults against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

"The reports were lodged all around the country.

"We are working hard to find the suspects involved with these social media posts," he told a press conference at the state police officers' mess hall here on Thursday (April 25).

"We have been getting help from the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to track down some of them," he added.

Mohamad Fuzi said the police was monitoring the "Sabah Sarawak Merdeka" Facebook page, which allegedly posted insults against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and other Sultans.

"The page has been blocked but we're still hunting for the suspects.

"Based on the page domain and address, we believe the person behind the page is living abroad," he said.

A check showed that the page no longer exists, but users have taken screenshots of the insulting posts.

It is believed that the page's name has changed.

Mohamad Fuzi said the police have arrested 11 people for allegedly insulting royal institutions, but none involved Facebook posts.

"We have been accused of not taking action and I would like to stress that this is not true.

"Due to the lack of resources, it has been hard for us to find suspects who are living abroad, but we are not taking this matter lightly," he said, adding that the cases would be investigated under Section 41(a) of the Sedition Act and Section 505(b) of the Penal Code.