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Monday, September 19, 2016

Three arrested for insulting Islam on Facebook after death of Haron Din

KUALA LUMPUR - Police arrested three people today for allegedly insulting Islam on social media following the death of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Dr Haron Din.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the three arrested in Shah Alam, Bandar Utama and Ipoh are being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Khalid said initial investigations revealed that the trio made their remarks in response to a tweet by Jelutong Member of Parliament (MP) Jeff Ooi over the demise of Haron.

It is learnt that police have also started investigations on Jeff Ooi.

"We will investigate Ooi under Section 298 of the Penal Code," Khalid told reporters after attending the Bukit Aman monthly assembly here.

Khalid did not reveal when Ooi would be called in to give his statement, but advised him to meet the police voluntarily.

It was reported Ooi tweeted last Friday, "Adios Harun Din. Let there be peace". His tweets are currently protected and only available to approved followers.

Ooi responded to Khalid by tweeting, "I will cooperate fully with police without any delay and my lawyers are now arranging the logistics. I am now on official duty."

Haron, 76, died at 10.10am on Friday (Malaysian time) at Stanford University Hospital in San Francisco, due to heart complications.

Meanwhile, Khalid said they are also investigating army veteran Mohd Ali Baharom for criminal intimidation under Section 506 of the Penal Code over his alleged threats against Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah.

Mohd Ali, who is also known as Ali Tinju was reported saying that he would "ambush" Chin in the near future, and that "she won't feel peace" even with bodyguards on Wednesday after Chin confirmed Bersih 5 rally would take place in the city on Nov 19.

Khalid later cautioned politicians against politicising police duty, after DAP lawmaker Teo Nie Ching reportedly questioned why the police had not arrested Ali Tinju for his threat.

"When an MP makes such comments, his followers will emulate him without considering the feelings of others. How come she (Teo) is not asking why the police haven't taken action against Jeff Ooi or Maria Chin? Why is she only asking us to arrest Ali Tinju?" he asked.

"Don't try to politicise our duty in safeguarding the Rakyat," he said adding that the police is doing its duty as usual by investigating all the reports that they receive.

On the Bersih 5 rally, Khalid said they will take a statement from the organiser, Maria Chin Abdullah, soon.

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