Man arrested for ignoring police warning in recording raid in UM Youth association investigation

PETALING JAYA: A 24-year-old man was detained during a police raid conducted at a house here in connection with the sedition investigation involving Universiti Malaya Association of New Youth (Umany).

Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Fadzil Ahmat said the man was detained for obstructing police personnel from carrying out their duties.

"A CID team from Kajang police headquarters raided a house at Jalan 17/48, Petaling Jaya at about 3.30pm on Saturday (Nov 7) in connection with the case.

"During the raid, the man had hampered police investigation by recording the raid via Facebook Live," he said when contacted on Saturday.

The man did not heed a warning from police not to record, he added.

"He was then detained, while his mobile phone was also seized.

"His offence is classified under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing civil servants from carrying out their duties," SAC Fadzil said.

The man was then brought to Petaling Jaya police headquarters for further action, he added.

It was reported previously that statements from Umany were recorded, after two of its heads were summoned to the police.

Umany president Yap Wen Qing and Vice President Tan Li Yuan entered the Kajang police district headquarters at around 2pm and exited at 4.40pm on Thursday (Nov 5).

Their lawyer, Rajsurian Pillai, had said that his clients were being investigated under the Sedition Act and Communications and Multimedia Act over a Facebook posting titled “Yang di-Pertuan Agong Should Not Intervene in National Affairs".

“Both of my clients will cooperate fully. As of now, we have been told that 42 reports have been made nationwide over the posting.

“The police did not deny that additional statements could be taken in the future and for other Umany members to called up. But for now, they have not said if they need to return, ” he said.

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