Cops record Twitter user's statement over allegation of RM25,000 compound for Raya open house

NILAI: Police have recorded a statement from a 42-year-old Twitter user suspected of spreading fake news that police issued a RM25,000 compound to a house owner in Nilai Impian near here for holding a Hari Raya open house.

The suspect, a manager at a book publishing company in Bangi, also allegedly tweeted that guests who attended the open house on May 13 were fined RM5,000 each.

Nilai district police chief Supt Mohd Fazley Ab Rahman said the account owner identified as "No War But Class War @Icsmxms" came to the district police station here on Sunday (May 16) to have his statement recorded.

“We have also seized a gadget which he allegedly used to upload the statement. The suspect was then released on police bail, ” he said in a statement on Monday (May 17).

Supt Mohd Fazley said the matter was being probed under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code for making statements that could lead to public alarm and distress, Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1988 for misusing the social media network, and Section 4(1) of the Emergency (Essential Powers)(No 2) Ordinance 2021 for spreading fake news.

He said the investigation paper will be forwarded to the deputy public prosecutor’s office once the probe is completed.

He also advised the public to exercise caution when making comments on social media.

Last Friday (May 14), Supt Fazley denied that police issued the compound notices after the suspect’s post went viral on social media.

He said a picture uploaded together with the post merely showed police conducting house-to-house inspections on the first day of Hari Raya at the Nilai Impian housing area.

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