Man detained for insulting royalty via Twitter, three other cases being investigated

KUALA LUMPUR: A 52-year-old man has been detained for allegedly tweeting a seditious statement that insulted the royal institution, says the Bukit Aman CID director.

Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed (pic) said the suspect was arrested in Cheras on Monday (Oct 26).

“The suspect had allegedly posted on Twitter questioning a video that had been uploaded on the National Security Council (NSC) website regarding ‘Wasiat Raja-Raja Melayu (the will of the Malay Rulers)’.

“He was detained on Oct 26 in Cheras and the device used to post the statement has been seized," he said in a statement Tuesday (Oct 27).

The suspect is expected to be remanded, he added.

“We are investigating the matter under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act for causing strife and insult to any ruler or government and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for wrongful use of network facilities,” Comm Huzir said.

Bukit Aman CID's Special Investigation Unit is also investigating three other similar cases of statements that allegedly insulted Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdulllah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on social media platforms, he added.

“The alleged insults were posted on Facebook and Twitter,” he said.

In the first case, Comm Huzir said police began investigating a statement posted by a Facebook user who said, “Now in Bangkok, they are saying no to the King”.

“We began investigating on Oct 21. We are still tracking down the suspect and we are in the midst of recording statements from witnesses relevant to the case,” he added.

The second case involves another Facebook user who allegedly insulted the King, with an investigation launched on Oct 26.

Another similar investigation was also started on Oct 25 over a Twitter user for making statements that allegedly insulted the King, Comm Huzir said.

“We are also in the midst of tracking down the suspect and calling in witnesses to record their statements,” he said.

Stern action will be taken against the suspects for making seditious statements, he added, urging them to surrender to the Special Investigation Unit as soon as possible.
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