DAP rep lodges report over claims on attempt to remove Maszlee

Education Minister Maszlee Malik with his deputy Teo Nie Ching. DAP denies making any demand to replace Maszlee with Teo. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A DAP assemblyman lodged a police report today over claims that the party is calling on the prime minister to replace Education Minister Maszlee Malik with his deputy Teo Nie Ching.

Seri Delima rep Syerleena Abdul Rashid said the allegation, being spread through a Facebook account called “Umno Online”, was an offence according to Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Section 499/500 of the Penal Code for defamation.

“DAP did not make such a demand,” she said in a statement. “Umno is using hatred and stirring racial sentiments to propagate fear.

“Using methods to divide component parties within Pakatan Harapan (PH) is just another divide and conquer tactic. The opposition should stop disrupting unity in PH by posting false and fake news.”

Syerleena, who made the report at the Timur Laut police headquarters in George Town, said Jawi assemblyman Jason H’ng and Bagan Dalam assemblyman Satees Muniandy would be lodging further reports on the mainland today.

“This is a serious issue and I hope the police as well as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission will take immediate action,” she added.

With her today were Jelutong MP RSN Rayer, Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi, Jelutong PPBM chief Omar Abdullah, deputy chief of Bukit Gelugor PKR Amir Rudin Abdul Rahman and Penang Amanah Youth membership bureau director Ghazali Mohamed Ismail, among others.