Activist denies insulting Agong, says blog hacked

Activist Hishamuddin Rais with his lawyer, Zaid Malek, at the Petaling police station last night.

KUALA LUMPUR: Prominent activist Hishamuddin Rais has denied making seditious posts on his blog regarding Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.

Speaking to reporters after giving his statement at the Petaling police station late last night, Hishamuddin said his blog had been hacked.

He spent nearly an hour at the police station, emerging just before midnight. He was accompanied with his lawyer Zaid Malek.

“I denied the allegations. I explained that my blog was hacked. Even five to six days before GE14, my blog was hacked and I couldn’t access it for three days.

“I told the police I am willing to come again and give my explanation on my blog being hacked if needed.”

According to Zaid, Hishamuddin was called to give his statement over a posting on the alleged expenses of the king.

This came after five Islamic NGOs in Pahang lodged police reports against Hishamuddin yesterday, claiming he had uploaded a seditious article on the king.

Hishamuddin, who allegedly uploaded the article on his blog, also included the alleged amount spent for the upkeep of the monarch, which Council of Eminent Persons head of media and communications A Kadir Jasin had uploaded on his personal blog.

However, it is understood that Hishamuddin removed the statement after a screenshot of it was widely spread on social sites.

5 NGOs report Hishamuddin Rais to cops over alleged seditious article