Police arrest Aliran activist Sarajun Hoda at home

PETALING JAYA: Human rights NGO Suaram has called for the authorities to state the reason for the arrest of social activist Sarajun Hoda at his residence this evening.

Its executive director Sevan Doraisamy said Sarajun was arrested and taken to the Dang Wangi police station where he would probably be held until tomorrow morning for remand.

“He should be allowed immediate access to a lawyer. We are trying to get more information (on the arrest),” he told FMT.

Sarajun had sent a message to Sevan at 7.15pm to inform about police having arrived at his home.

“Police in my house now. ASP Khairol arresting me now. Sec 298 Penal Code and 233 Multimedia Act. They are taking me to IPD Dang Wangi. Please tweet,” he said.

Sarajun, a member of civil rights NGO Aliran, is also a former executive council member of the organisation.

The message was then posted by activist Thomas Fann, who is with the Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearance (CAGED), on Sarajun’s Facebook wall.

Meanwhile, Bersih 2.0 secretariat member Mandeep Singh told FMT that Sarajun was likely held for a posting on Facebook, adding that they were not informed about the details and the date of the posting.

Section 298 of the Penal Code makes it illegal to utter words that could hurt the religious feelings of another person, and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act states it is an offence to use network services to transmit any communication that is deemed offensive.

If convicted under Section 298, Sarajun faces imprisonment for a maximum period of a year or fine, or both. If found guilty under Section 233, a person could be fined up to RM50,000 or be given a maximum jail term of one year, or both.