Saturday, June 8, 2013

2 more Facebook users surrender

Former Ninth Royal Malay Regiment Association chairman Zainol Ahmad (fourth from right) with other members of the association at the Kubang Pasu district police station after lodging a police report yesterday.

NGOs call for stern action against offenders

KUALA LUMPUR: TWO more Facebook users who allegedly put up slanderous posts against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong surrendered at the Dang Wangi police headquarters yesterday.

City Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah said a man, 32, and woman, 30, turned themselves in about 3pm.

Their identities, however, have been withheld.

"We are looking for two other suspects in connection with the posts."

Earlier, at the handing over of duty of federal Criminal Investigation Department director at Bukit Aman yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar warned those involved to surrender before police began looking for them.

On Tuesday, a 32-year-old marketing manager from Ampang was detained for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah in a posting on her Facebook account.

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She was released after having her statement recorded.

The woman is being investigated under the Communications and Multimedia Act and Sedition Act for allegedly posting insulting statements against the king after his birthday speech, which was broadcast live on television.

Three non-governmental organisations, meanwhile, submitted a joint memorandum to Bukit Aman yesterday calling for stern action to be taken against the Facebook users who insulted the king.

Inspector-General of Police secretariat Assistant Superintendent Mohamad Jahangir Ali received the memorandum from Malaysian Nambikkai United Front president, B. Kalaivanar, who also spoke on behalf of representatives from Tolak Individu Bernama Anwar Ibrahim (Tibai) and Kelab Social dan Kebajikan Insan Cemerlang Selangor.

In Alor Star, a group of retired soldiers called on the authorities to revoke the citizenship of Malaysians found guilty of insulting the King.

Former members of the Ninth Royal Malay Regiment said the act of insulting the monarchy was tantamount to treason.

Former Ninth Royal Malay Regiment Association chairman Zainol Ahmad said the act of making offensive remarks against the monarchy should never be tolerated and that stern and swift action should be taken against any offenders.

"Insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who is Malaysia's constitutional monarch and head of state, is considered an act of treason.

"We should not let them go scot-free, with just a slap on the wrist.

"Their citizenship should be revoked as a lesson to others," he said after the group lodged a police report at the Kubang Pasu district police station yesterday.

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