Dr Akmal arrested in KK


PETALING JAYA: Umno Youth chief Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh was arrested in Kota Kinabalu on Friday (April 5).

In a video posted on Facebook, Dr Muhamad Akmal is seen being whisked away by police in an SUV.

“No fear, no surrender,” he is heard saying as he gets into the police car.

In a Facebook post, he said he was arrested at Kota Kinabalu police headquarters despite being scheduled to give his statement at the Dang Wangi police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (April 6).

“InsyaAllah, I will give my full cooperation,” said Dr Muhamad Akmal.

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He also urged his supporters to pray for him, adding: “We will not move an inch from our stance."

The arrest followed criticisms of a picture on social media showing him holding a sword.

On Thursday (April 4), Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husian said the post was not investigated as no report had been lodged against Dr Muhamad Akmal, the Merlimau assemblyman.

However, on Friday, Razarudin said two police reports had been received and the case is now being investigated under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

“Investigation papers will be referred to the Attorney General’s Chambers after the probe is completed,” he added.

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On Thursday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said those who drummed up seditious sentiments would face the law.

Since March 26, there have been three Molotov cocktail attacks on KK Super Mart stores in the wake of the controversial socks issue.

Convenience store chain KK Super Mart has been mired in controversy since March 13 after socks with the word “Allah" printed on them were discovered in the Bandar Sunway outlet.

Dr Muhamad Akmal had been calling for a boycott of the retail chain stores even after its management swiftly retracted the socks, publicly apologised for the mistake, and cancelled its contract with the sock supplier.

On March 26, KK Mart Group founder and executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Chai Kee Kan and his wife, as the company’s director, were charged under Section 298 of the Penal Code for intentionally wounding the religious feelings of others by allegedly putting the socks for sale.

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