KUALA LUMPUR: A statement has been taken from Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin over his comments during recent campaigning, says Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain.
The Federal CID director said the statement was in relation to a political speech made by the former prime minister during the Simpang Jeram by-election.
“All questions were answered and we will investigate the case before forwarding it to the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC),” he said.
Comm Mohd Shuhaily said remarks on race, religion and royalty (3R) could get heated before going viral and could disrupt national security if misinterpreted.
“So that is why we investigate,” he said.
Comm Mohd Shuhaily added that the police had also recorded the statement of former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim at the same time in Bukit Aman. He was called in over a tweet he posted on Aug 30.
“We appreciate both these personalities’ cooperation and they told us professionally what their thoughts were on their statements. This eases our investigation in recommending the next step to the deputy public prosecutor.
“This is a responsible approach where you defend and express your views over what you said instead of saying things out loud and refraining from cooperating when the police ask,” he said.
During the ceramah in conjunction with the Simpang Jeram by-election, Muhyiddin allegedly claimed Malays no longer controlled the government.
A 29-minute video of the ceramah was uploaded to Facebook.
Muhyiddin, who is Perikatan Nasional chairman, made the speech while campaigning for the coalition’s candidate for Simpang Jeram.
In an unrelated matter, Comm Mohd Shuhaily said all investigation papers (IPs) on the “Save Malaysia” rally would be forwarded to the AGC.
“We have opened three IPs involving 29 suspects. All will be sent to the AGC on Friday (today) for further action,” he said.
On allegations of inappropriate behaviour by celebrity preacher Ebit Lew towards an Indonesian social media influencer, Comm Mohd Shuhaily said 13 witnesses had been called in so far.
He said Lew made a report to deny the allegations five days after the initial report from the complainant.
“He (Lew) then lodged another report to deny (the allegations),” he said.
He said police were investigating both cases concurrently.