MyKad data seller may have breached OSA

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KUALA LUMPUR: The man who claims to have sold the database containing the names and identity card numbers of Malaysians to individuals behind the Citizens’ Declaration may have breached the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA).

At a press conference today, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said he believed that MyKad data was protected under the OSA.

“Spreading any information under the OSA is a crime,” he said, when asked to comment on reports of a man named Azharuddin [email protected] who admitted to selling the data of some 900,000 Malaysians for the petition aimed at removing Prime Minister Najib Razak from office.

“If Azharuddin’s claims are true, we will certainly carry out investigations,” he said at the press conference during a visit by senior police officials to the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre in conjunction with the 209th Police Day celebrations.

Yesterday, in making the claim, Azharuddin said the 900,000 names were taken from the electoral database which he had used in his work with political parties for elections.

On a separate issue, Noor Rashid said more Immigration Department (JIM) officers would be investigated in relation to the sabotage of the Malaysian Immigration System (myIMMs).

Yesterday, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi revealed that some 100 people, including officials from the JIM and syndicate members, were being investigated by the authorities over their involvement in the sabotage.

Noor Rashid also confirmed that former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was being investigated over his controversial remark that the Malay rulers were under “house arrest” and that a statement would be taken from him at a suitable time.

Last week, Mahathir said he had yet to secure an audience with the King to present the signatures of those in support of the Citizens’ Declaration. He blamed Najib for this failure and claimed the PM had placed the country as well as the Malay rulers under “house arrest.”

Police reports were subsequently lodged against Mahathir for the comments.

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