LANGKAWI: A man was today arrested for allegedly posting insulting words against Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Facebook.
According to a Facebook post by the Langkawi district police headquarters, the man was arrested yesterday and was being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
His arrest follows a police report by representatives of several NGOs who were unhappy with the insulting statements the man posted on Facebook against Mahathir and Islam, which they felt were overboard.
The man has since been remanded until May 20 for further investigations.
Accompanying the post were two hashtags, namely #lessonlearned and #berhemahketikaberbicara (be prudent when speaking).
The man’s arrest caught the attention of DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, who has called for his release.
“Let us not embark on this path,” Lim tweeted.
Meanwhile, in an immediate response, Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) executive director Eric Paulsen said both Dr Mahathir and Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin should put a stop to such arrests and update the police that Malaysia had entered a new era of democratic change and reforms.
“We should not go back to the bad old days. The Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto is clear; all oppressive laws should be amended or abolished.
“Therefore, the social media comment in question, unless it was a direct threat of violence towards Dr Mahathir, rather than just a mere insult, the authorities should just ignore and focus on genuine crimes,” he told FMT.
Under the past administration of former prime minister Najib Razak, it was common for those who posted insulting remarks or statements about him on Facebook to be arrested and charged in court.
Source : http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/05/17/man-arrested-for-insulting-dr-m-on-facebook/307