Man held over ‘Dato Kong’ altar worship video

Screen grab of the video purportedly showing the man worshipping a ‘Dato Kong’ altar at Taman Piandang Indah, Tanjung Piandang. (Facebook pic)

BAGAN SERAI: The police have detained a fisherman to assist with investigations into a recent viral video which purportedly showed a man donning a sarong, white t-shirt and cap worshipping a ‘Dato Kong’ altar at Taman Piandang Indah, Tanjung Piandang, here.

Kerian district police chief Omar Bakhtiar Yaacob said the 43-year-old man was arrested by the district police headquarters’ Criminal Investigation Division here after he surrendered himself at 5pm yesterday.

“There were no articles seized because the clothes worn by the man in the viral video have either been removed or disposed of by unknown individuals. The police will obtain a remand order from the Parit Buntar court tomorrow,” he said in a statement tonight.

On June 7, a 15-second video clip showing the man paying his respects at the altar went viral on social media.

Omar said members of the Tanjung Piandang mosque committee lodged a report pertaining to the video at the Tanjung Piandang police station on the same day.

He said the case was investigated under Section 298A of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill will, or prejudicing the maintenance of harmony or unity, on grounds of religion.

Investigations were also being conducted under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for improper use of network facilities or network services, he added.