Rights group condemns arrest of man over online insult to Mahathir

Azman Noor Adam was remanded by police over a probe into an online post. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Anti-Sedition Act Movement (GHAH) has spoken out against the arrest of a man under the draconian act for sharing a social media post considered as insulting to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

GHAH said the arrest of Azman Noor Adam, the brother of outspoken Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Noor Adam, should not have happened in the “new Malaysia”.

GHAH coordinator Amir Abd Hadi said the arrest was no different from the action taken by the previous government against artist Fahmi Reza over his clown caricature of Najib Razak.

Azman has been remanded for four days.

“This is a form of intimidation, a practice inherited from the previous government,” said Amir, who also questioned police over the time of arrest during the wee hours of the morning.

Amir warned Pakatan Harapan not to resort to the same tactics to curb freedom of expression.

“If there are defamatory elements, legal action can be taken,” he said.

He said politicians should not overreact to postings on social media and drag enforcement authorities.