Khalid Ismath released on police bail after giving statement over allegedly seditious tweet

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  • Saturday, 14 Sep 2019

Khalid (seventh from left) posing with supporters after being released from remand at the Dang Wangi police headquarters on Saturday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) youth chief and activist Khalid Ismath has been freed on police bail after having his statement recorded for allegedly posting a seditious tweet aimed at Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

PSM Youth chief Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul said Khalid, who was detained on Friday night, was freed at the Dang Wangi police headquarters at 12.15pm on Saturday (Sept 14).

"We were informed that police will not go ahead with their initial intention of remanding him. Instead, his statement was recorded to assist in their investigation.

"All of our members and activists are always ready to cooperate with the authorities and give statements without the need of detaining us as it will lead to a waste of time and resources for the police in the course of their work," he said in a statement on Saturday (Sept 14).

The party also thanked Tunku Azizah on her prompt response towards the issue, he added.

"We are also grateful for all friends of the party in their solidarity in assisting Khalid," he said.

Nik Aziz called on the government to repeal the Sedition Act, as had been promised.

"The Sedition Act is a provision used previously to make political arrests against those who criticised the government and we are saddened that it continues in the era of 'Malaysia Baru'.

"The law infringes on human rights and takes away the right to free speech," he said.

PSM deputy chairman S. Arutchelvan had said Khalid, 29, was arrested around 10.30pm on Friday (Sept 13) at his home in Klang by three officers from the D5 unit in Bukit Aman under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act for allegedly posting a seditious tweet aimed at Tunku Azizah.

It is learned that Khalid was picked up at his home as soon as he returned from dinner with his family and calmly followed police instructions.

He also requested not to be handcuffed as his four-year-old daughter was with him when he was taken.

Arutchelvan said Khalid's arrest was a form of unnecessary intimidation.

Tunku Azizah has since reactivated her Twitter account to express disappointment over the arrest of an individual who had allegedly posted a seditious tweet aimed at her.

In a series of tweets on Saturday (Sept 14), the Queen explained that she had deactivated her Twitter account for personal reasons, as opposed to cyberbullying.

She had also expressed her disappointment that the individual accused has been detained by the police.

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