PETALING JAYA: Felda activist Mazlan Aliman was released this morning, two days earlier than expected, following a five-day remand that the police had obtained on Thursday.
His lawyer Wan Anwar Wan Ibrahim said the leader of Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda (Anak) was released at the Jinjang police station at 11am.
“Mazlan has been released but he still needs to provide a statement to the police as per standard procedure before his release.
“Any further updates will be announced in due course,” he told FMT.
Police arrested Mazlan, an Amanah central committee member, on Thursday morning following a police report filed by the prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor.
She had accused him of lying and spreading malicious slander after he alleged Rosmah was involved in a failed multi-million ringgit fish farming project which has been the subject of a corruption probe.
Mazlan was investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 for improper use of network facilities or network service, and Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation.
In a YouTube video of him speaking at a ceramah, Mazlan said millions of ringgit was wasted on building facilities for the project which never took off.
He cited the Auditor-General’s Report in 2015, which stated that Felda had yet to get any benefit or returns from its sturgeon fish project, despite millions of ringgit invested to kickstart the sector.
The report also said the sturgeon fish could not be sent to Malaysia because the aquaculture farm had yet to be built.
Last January, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested five people suspected of corruption in the project.