Sabah youth activist Jufazli arrested, released on bail


KOTA KINABALU: Youth activist Jufazli Shi Ahmad, DAP’s potential candidate against Sungai Sibuga incumbent and Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman in the upcoming general election, was today arrested and later released.

Jufazli told FMT that he came voluntarily to the Penampang district police headquarters and was subsequently placed under arrest before his statements were taken and his mobile phone confiscated.

He had been asked to report to the police headquarters to learn about the status of his case and whether he would be prosecuted in court, which he would not be for the time being, Jufazli said.

He is under investigation for suspected new offences under Section 4 of the Sedition Act and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act. He was detained on Nov 9 last year and released on Nov 15.

The founder of the Gerakan Anak Muda Selamatkan Sabah (Youth Movement to Save Sabah) presented himself at the police headquarters accompanied by 14 top DAP leaders.

He was released on police bail at about 12.30pm, witnessed by Sabah DAP chairman and Sandakan MP Stephen Wong and Sabah DAP advisor-cum-Kota Kinabalu MP Jimmy Wong.

He was later requested by police to report to the Penampang police headquarters again on July 7.

The 28-year-old from Semporna is a vocal critic of the Sabah government, especially concerning the recent corruption case involving the state’s water department.

According to reports, a former director of the department and two others were charged with money laundering involving a total of RM61.48 million. The case will begin on July 4.

Earlier this week, Jufazli joined DAP as a life member and reiterated his desire to challenge Musa in the upcoming election under the DAP ticket.