GEORGE TOWN: A DAP member was arrested by police yesterday after a report was made of a viral video disparaging the party and Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders.
Penang DAP committee member Jeffrey Chew Gim Eam, 50, was arrested at the Patani Road police station and later released on police bail. His mobile phone was seized.
Police are investigating the case under Section 4 of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
The arrest came after city councillor Grace Teoh Koon Gee lodged a police report on the 59-second video on April 23.
Chew’s lawyer, RSN Rayer, said his client had first alerted the party as he was tasked with monitoring the internet for false stories on PH.
“Instead of finding out who made the video, the police arrested him, photographed him and took his fingerprints,” Rayer said.
“Chew is not a suspect. He had merely gone through WhatsApp groups and social media to detect any malicious videos on Pakatan Harapan.
“He sent that particular video to the DAP elections committee, and I and Ramkarpal Singh told Teoh to lodge a police report.
“We hope the police will not charge him with anything.”
Chew is the Penang Development Corporation deputy general manager.
The video in question begins by showing a ballot paper printed with the Barisan Nasional (BN) and PKR symbols, and a pencil about to mark an X in the box for PKR.
The footage then says a vote for PKR or PH would be supporting racist leaders from DAP, gay rights, nepotism and cronyism; more foreign meddling; and the removal of Bumiputera rights and the monarchy system.
The video includes pictures of DAP leaders, George Soros, Sarawak Report’s Clare Rewcastle Brown, Dr Mahathir Mohamad and business tycoon Vincent Tan.
It ends with a picture of the earlier ballot paper with an X marked in the BN box.
Meanwhile, Northeast district police chief ACP Anuar Omar confirmed the case and said Chew was released on police bail.
“It is under investigation,” he said when contacted.
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