KUALA LUMPUR: A personal attack is the likely cause behind the fake statement issued claiming that an investigation was being carried out against Public Services Department (PSD) director-general Datuk Dr Zulkapli Mohamed, says Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain.
The Bukit Aman CID director said the police have taken statements from 10 individuals over the probe.
"The fake statement leads more towards it being a personal attack against the PSD director-general and the Chief Secretary to the Government,” said Comm Mohd Shuhaily.
He added when speaking to reporters on Monday (Aug 28)that the case is being investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.
Under Section 504 of the Penal Code it is an offence to create intentional insult and provocation to any person, intending or knowing it to be likely that such provocation will cause him to break the public peace or to commit any other offence.
Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act covers misuse of networking facilities
It was reported that a statement had made the rounds on social media claiming that investigations were being carried out on Zulkapli.
The Prime Minister's Office later confirmed that the statement was fake.
In a statement on July 26, the Prime Minister's Office said the statement that purportedly came from the Prime Minister on July 25 was false.
"The PMO had never issued such a statement and such an act was done with bad intentions and to confuse the people," it said in the statement on its official Facebook page.
"The people are advised not to share such information if they are not certain of its authenticity," the PMO added.