PETALING JAYA: Well-known preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin was arrested today by the police moments after he gave a Friday sermon at Masjid Jalan Sembilang, Seberang Jaya, in Penang.
Police confirmed the arrest and said Wan Ji, who was appointed information officer in the Penang Chief Minister’s office two weeks ago, was being held under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948.
He has been taken to Seberang Perai Tengah district police headquarters.
Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, the strategic adviser to Penang’s Chief Minister, said in a media statement that Wan Ji’s lawyer was now with him to get the information on his arrest, after which another statement would be issued.
Wan Ji is an exco member of PKR Youth in charge of religion.
His arrest came just days after Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) officer Zamihan Mat Zin, who had also been arrested under the Sedition Act, posted a picture of Wan Ji on social media with the words “Wan Ji mahu sistem raja dihapuskan” (Wan Ji wants the sultanate system abolished).