KUALA LUMPUR: DAP lawmaker Jeff Ooi is being investigated by the police over his tweet about the passing of PAS spiritual leader Haron Din, revealed Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.
Speaking to reporters after the Bukit Aman police headquarters monthly assembly today, Khalid said Ooi was being investigated under Section 298 of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity, or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill will, or prejudicing the maintenance of harmony or unity, on grounds of religion.
When asked by reporters whether the Jelutong MP would be called in to give his statement, Khalid replied in the affirmative, adding if Ooi surrendered himself it would be faster, but if not, the police would find him.
The nation’s top cop said the police gave due consideration before making any decision to take action against anyone.
He said following Ooi’s tweet, some had also made comments on social media that insulted Islam and hurt the feelings of others.
He said three people, two from Shah Alam, Selangor and another from Ipoh, Perak had been nabbed this morning for making such postings.
The three male suspects are aged between 50 to 62.
It is also understood that Ooi and the three who were nabbed, are likely to be investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act for misuse of social media.
“I advise politicians like Ooi and others who have ‘mulut gatal’ (those who run their mouths off) to be more careful with their postings.”
“Think ten times before you post anything on social media. Don’t just post anything you like.”
Khalid said when leaders like Ooi made such comments, their supporters did the same.
He also said he was aware that when the police took action against those who posted such comments, his men were often criticised for having “nothing else better to do.”
However, Khalid said the police also had to look into matters like this as preventing racial tension was an important part of their job.
Ooi recently courted controversy when he tweeted “Adios Haron Din. Let there be peace”, after hearing of the latter’s passing last Friday.
Police reports have since been lodged against Ooi over the tweet.
Meanwhile, in a tweet, Ooi said he would cooperate with the police “without delay”.
“My lawyers are now arranging the logistics. Am now on official duty.”