Probe Dr Akmal under Penal Code, not Sedition Act, says Lawyers for Liberty


PETALING JAYA: There are other laws under which to investigate Umno Youth chief Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh than the Sedition Act 1948, says Lawyers for Liberty (LFL).

According to its executive director Zaid Malek, they include Section 505 of the Penal Code that deals with statements made with intent to cause fear or alarm to the public.

“While it is necessary for police to take swift action against those who commit offences (that) disturb the public, we oppose the use of the Sedition Act against Akmal.

“There are other (laws) applicable.

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“Why did (the authorities) resort to the Sedition Act? No one deserves to be investigated or charged under this draconian, Colonial era law,” said Zaid when contacted on Friday (April 5).

Dr Muhamad Akmal said earlier in the day he had been arrested by Kota Kinabalu police, despite being scheduled to give his statement at the Dang Wangi police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (April 6).

Also on Friday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain said two police reports had been received against Dr Muhamad Akmal and the case would be investigated under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

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

Dr Muhamad Akmal’s arrest came following criticisms over a picture uploaded on social media showing him holding a sword.

On Thursday (April 4), Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said those who drummed up seditious sentiments will face the law.

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Dr Muhamad Akmal has been calling for action and boycott against KK Super Mart over the controversial socks issue.

On March 13, several pairs of socks with the word "Allah" on them were found in certain KK Super Mart outlets.

After the convenience store chain's founder Datuk Seri KK Chai apologised, Dr Muhamad Akmal said it was not enough and called for a boycott.

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