IGP: Arrest warrant for Sidek unnecessary


PETALING JAYA: An arrest warrant was unnecessary when police nabbed ex-journalist Sidek Kamiso at his home in Petaling Jaya early today, says Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.

This was because the offence he was being investigated for fell under the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Act 1998.

“There is no need for a warrant to detain and no need for a warrant to search homes,” the IGP told Malay Mail Online tonight.

Sidek was arrested for questioning over a tweet on the death of PAS spiritual leader Dr Haron Din.

He was taken to Johor for questioning.

Khalid said Sidek was investigated for abusing social media under the MCMC Act.

FMT earlier reported that a magistrate in Johor Baru refused a police request for Sidek to be remanded overnight.

Sidek’s wife Norlin Wan Musa had earlier told reporters that several plainclothes policemen had entered her home at 4.30am to arrest her husband without explaining why he was arrested.

Khalid tweeted this morning that three people had been detained for allegedly insulting Islam over their comments on Haron’s death, with one detained in Shah Alam and another in Ipoh.

Bernama reported that Jelutong DAP MP Ooi Chuan Aun would go to the police station tomorrow in Penang to assist in the investigations into his comments on Haron’s death.

His lawyer, RSN Rayer, said Ooi will be present at Jalan Patani police station tomorrow afternoon.

“Ooi will give his statement and cooperate with the police on the case,” he said.

The DAP lawmaker had come under fire since Friday after he allegedly tweeted “Adios Harun Din. Let There Be Peace” on his Twitter account.