Woman detained for allegedly insulting Islam


JOHOR BAHRU: The police detained a woman last night on suspicion of making a statement insulting the call to prayers (azan) and the Islam via Facebook.

Johor police chief Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said the 26-year-old woman was detained at 8pm at a house in Taman Rekamas, Simpang Renggam, near Kluang, after police received a report on Tuesday.

“Acting on the report, police carried out an investigation and traced the owner of the Facebook account who was suspected of uploading statements that insulted the ‘azan’ and the Islamic religion. This could cause social disharmony,” he said in a statement here today.

Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said police also seized a laptop and mobile phone belonging to the woman.

He said the police would apply for a remand order on the woman to facilitate further investigation under Section 298 of the Penal Code and Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948.

In this regard, he said, the police advised members of the public against abusing any application on social media to issue statements that could lead to disharmony and hurt the feelings of people of other faiths.