Former Minister of Youth and Sports, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has been informed that he is now being investigated for sedition and sharing offensive and/or menacing content in relation to an interview with Al-Jazeera in March.
The Muar MP said on Twitter that the case is investigated under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.
Saya sedia untuk memberi kerjasama penuh dengan pihak polis.
Berani kerana benar.
— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) June 18, 2020
“I have been called by Bukit Aman to give details on an investigation on my interview with Mehdi Hasan (of Al-Jazeera). I will give full cooperation to the police,” he tweeted, adding, “Berani kerana benar” at the end of his post.
Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department deputy director, Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed the investigation, saying Syed Saddiq would be coming to the federal police headquarters today.
In the Al-Jazeera interview on 6 March with Mehdi Hassan, the former PPBM Youth chief, spoke of his disappointment with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for betraying the party’s founding principles by working with “kleptocrats”. Syed Saddiq also stated that Muhyiddin had “opened the door” of the government to kleptocrats.
Watch the interview below:
ICYMI, Syed Saddiq is not the only one being called to Bukit Aman recently. Another former Pakatan Harapan minister, Hannah Yeoh, is also being investigated for sedition over a tweet regarding the issue of child marriages in Malaysia.
In other related news, this morning, prominent human rights lawyer Siti Kasim had her statement recorded by MCMC over a recent Facebook post critical of Islamist party PAS.
Besides that, Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Idrus Harun has also reportedly filed an ex-parte application to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Malaysiakini and its editor-in-chief, Steven Gan, over several comments left by readers in the news portal’s comment section.
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