Three sought over social media remarks on amok incident

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  • Friday, 27 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Police are tracking down three men who allegedly made sensitive and seditious statements on social media in connection with the amok incident in Penang.

Bukit Aman CID prosecution and legal division principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said police have identified the three men to assist in the case.

“We believe two of them are in Kedah while another is in Penang.

“We are in the midst of tracing their whereabouts to bring them in for questioning,” he said during a press conference here yesterday.

He added that all three were believed to have made false statements on Facebook and Whatsapp.

“They claimed that one of the victims was attacked by the perpetrator for insulting Prophet Muhammad.

“It was not true.

“As mentioned by the Inspector General of Police, the attacker was influenced by watching videos of violence in the Middle East,” SAC Mior said.

He added that the three men would be investigated under Section 505 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.

In the Monday incident, a factory worker was shot dead by the police after he ran amok and slashed two of his colleagues inside the factory production compound.

One of the victims, a woman, died from her injuries while the other is in stable condition.

Following this, IGP Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador warned that stern action would be taken against those who make statements that cause public distress.

The IGP said the ultimate intention of these irresponsible parties was to create racial tension among the people.

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