Man nabbed for insulting national leader on Facebook

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KUALA LUMPUR: A 48-year-old man suspected of insulting a national leader on social media was picked up in Klang, Selangor yesterday.

Dang Wangi police chief ACP Mohd Sukri Kaman said police apprehended the man at about 3.15pm and seized his mobile phone and SIM card.

“The man admitted to using the mobile phone and insulting the government in his Facebook account,” Sukri said in a statement here yesterday.

Sukri said earlier, a member of the public had lodged a police report against the man after a picture of the suspect carrying a placard with words insulting a national leader went viral.

He said the man was remanded for four days until Thursday for further investigations.

The case was being investigated under Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Commission Act.