Two environmental activists nabbed for ‘insulting’ Johor Sultan


PETALING JAYA: Two pro-environment activists have been arrested by Johor police, believed to be over a Facebook posting highlighting environmental issues in the state.

According to Johor police chief Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd, Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka) president Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil, and the organisation’s administrator Norhayati Shahrom had allegedly insulted Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar through the said post.

He did not name the duo, but their identities were revealed in a statement by Peka Selangor exco member Karin Lee last night.

“The insulting statement made (by the duo) can threaten the country’s harmony and peace. So, following a report lodged by the police on Tuesday, we arrested the two women aged 51 and 54,” said Wan Ahmad, adding the arrest was conducted at about 8.30pm, in Shah Alam.

This morning the two activists were taken for a remand proceeding at the Johor Baru Court to facilitate police investigation under Section 233(1)(a) of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Act.

If found guilty, they face a fine of not more than RM50,000, up to one year in prison, or both.

Posting on Peka Selangor’s Facebook page earlier today, Karin also said Sabrina was contacted by the Johor police yesterday, and was informed that she and Norhayati were requested to give their statements over the Facebook post.

During the meeting, the police informed them of the arrest which would also see their belongings seized.

“Also present was human rights lawyer and activist Siti Kasim, who is acting as legal counsel for both our president and Norhayati,” he wrote.

The post the duo allegedly wrote, criticised the ongoing logging activities in Johor.