Hannah gives statement to police in probe over tweet

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 23 Jun 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Hannah Yeoh has given her full cooperation to the police in the investigation over a social media post relating to child marriage, according to her lawyer Gobind Singh Deo.

He said the Segambut MP also surrendered her mobile phone and social media log-in details to help police in their investigation.

"We have no problem giving those to the police as they investigate the case further.

"We maintain that there was no wrongdoing, and that is something the police should investigate," said Gobind, who is also Puchong MP and a former minister.

Yeoh's tweet was related to the National Strategic Plan on the causes of child marriage.

Yeoh arrived at Bukit Aman here on Tuesday (June 23) accompanied by her lawyers Gobind and Syahredzan Johan at about 10am.

She spent about an hour inside recording her statement before meeting pressmen at around noon.

The former deputy women, family and community development minister reiterated that a viral post on social media of her supposedly using defamatory words on the future of the anti-child marriage plan was fake.

"I never used those words (as stated) in the fake post, and I'd already clarified this on Twitter and Facebook in March.

"This is a fake statement produced by irresponsible people," she said.

On June 18, Yeoh again issued a statement distancing herself from the post which contained defamatory words and her photo.

When contacted, Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department assistant director (prosecution and legal) Deputy Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said Yeoh would be investigated under Section 4 of the Sedition Act 1948, Section 505 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Police opened an investigation into the case on June 11 after receiving a report on it.

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