Perak exco man gets 2 death threats, cops nab suspect

Perak executive councillor Howard Lee Chuan How says he fears for the safety of his family. (Facebook pic)

IPOH: State executive councillor Howard Lee Chuan How said he has received two death threats, one a few days ago and another today.

Perak police chief Razarudin Husain said they arrested a 35-year-old suspect yesterday and have remanded him for four days from today.

He said police also seized a handphone.

Lee, who is also the Youth and Sports Development Committee chairman, said he received the first threat in the form of a screenshot from a WhatsApp group.

“On Sunday, I asked my officer to make a police report. I have submitted everything to the police for their investigation,” he said in a statement.

Lee, who is DAP National Socialist Youth (Dapsy) chief, told a press conference this afternoon the second threat was sent by an unidentified individual to his Instagram account.

“The message was ‘I will grill you’,” he said.

“I personally forgive (the individual who made the threats) but our country has laws that have to be obeyed and I leave it to the police to take action.”

Lee, who is also the Pasir Pinji assemblyman, said he was worried for the safety of his family.

He said although he welcomed differences of opinion, a death threat was something serious which required action by the authorities.

He said freedom of speech was an internationally recognised right and guaranteed by the Federal Constitution.

“However, I am convinced that a death threat is not accepted as part of this right,” he said, adding that he would carry out his responsibilities as an exco member diligently.