Second man detained for posting Mahathir insults

A second man has been detained for ‘insulting remarks’ although Dr Mahathir and others have criticised the arrests.

ALOR SETAR: Kedah police have detained another man on suspicion of posting insulting remarks about Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Facebook, despite the prime minister and other politicians having stated their disagreement with such action against those critical of him.

A man from Alor Setar, aged 32, is alleged to have posted a pictorial message on Facebook expressing a wish to step on or kick a picture of Mahathir, said Kedah commercial crime unit chief Supt Chan Teck Paing.

The arrest was made yesterday following a police report lodged by several Langkawi-based non-governmental organisations that were unhappy with the posts against Mahathir, 92, on social media.

The suspect was remanded for a day to assist in investigations under the Communications and Multimedia Act.

Chan said the man was alleged to have raised the issue of the BMF and Maminco scandals, with billions in losses, taking place after Mahathir first took office in the 1980s. The man asked “how many billions will disappear next year?” besides making personal insults.

Yesterday, another person was similarly arrested in Langkawi for making insulting remarks about Mahathir.

Several Pakatan Harapan leaders, including the prime minister himself, have urged that there should not be further action taken against those who criticise him.

DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang called for the man’s release and said: “Let us not embark on this path”.

Mahathir also tweeted his disapproval today. “I have informed the police about this. This law will be reviewed when Parliament convenes,” he said.

During former prime minister Najib Razak’s administration, several people were arrested and charged with posting insulting remarks or statements on social media.

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