Yesterday, a total of 20 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) lodged a police report against a blogger and a Facebook user for insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.
Ipoh Barat Umno Youth division chief Shamsul Bahrain Putra Ahmad Shibi led representatives from the NGOs to lodge the police report at the Sungai Senam police station here Monday:
I’m shocked and angry at the disrespectful actions of these people who are racist and would insult – even challenge – the royal institution. I urge the police to take immediate action against the two individuals to curb their actions and ensure that the unity among races in Malaysia is not affected by their actions,” he said, adding that the two should have their citizenships revoked.ADVERTISEMENT
In the police report, it was stated that a blogger known as Effi Obefiend with the tweet handle @10befiend and Facebook account holder Melissa Gooi posted the insulting comments. The comments are as follows:
And just today, it was reported that a woman has been detained for allegedly insulting Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah on Facebook.
A Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) spokesperson said the woman was detained by the commission with the assistance of the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigations Department Tuesday morning:
We have successfully tracked and detained the suspect, who was said to have insulted the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Facebook. The suspect, who is female, was detained to assist in investigations. The investigation was done under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
The commission is also requesting for the suspect’s friends to come forward to assist in further investigations.
He added that the suspect was believed to have been in hiding after her identity was revealed on the Internet following the alleged insult. He said the MCMC viewed seriously the abuse of social media to upload content or comments containing elements of insult, especially against the monarchy, adding that the suspect might also be charged under the Sedition Act 1948.
The 32-year-old woman who was detained for allegedly insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Facebook has been released. City deputy CID chief Asst Comm Aziz Zakaria said she was released on the same day after police recorded her statement:
The investigation is still ongoing. We are tracking down four other individuals to assist police in the investigation. They are Weennee Tan, Shuh Chien Loo, Hun Keat Wong and Carol Tay.