KUALA LUMPUR: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) today slammed the arrest of Parti Sosialis Malaysia activist Khalid Ismath under the Sedition Act 1948 over an alleged tweet on the Raja Permaisuri Agong.
Noting that Khalid was arrested at about 10.40pm on Friday, Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy said the night arrest for an alleged offence of a political nature “is nothing more than intimidation” by the police.
Khalid’s track record of providing full cooperation to any police investigation made it absurd for the investigating officer to detain him overnight, Doraisamy said.
“The Royal Malaysian Police are often said to be overstretched and under-resourced, so why is they wasting personnel time and resources in such a manner?
“The Raja Permaisuri Agong has also been reported to have commented on the matter and expressed her frustration over the arrest.”
Doraisamy urged the police to refrain from seeking further remand for Khalid and to “conduct their investigation professionally without resorting to intimidation tactics”.
He said Suaram reiterated its call for the Sedition Act 1948 to be repealed.
“A moratorium must be imposed until the abolition of the Sedition Act 1948 to prevent further abuses by the Royal Malaysian Police,” he said.
Failure to do so would further stain the Pakatan Harapan’s reputation as an administration that was seeking to reform Malaysia, Doraisamy added.
Meanwhile, Bernama reported that Khalid will be released on police bail today.
Bukit Aman CID director Huzir Mohamed said Khalid, 29, will be released after having his statement taken this morning and there is no application for remand.
He said several individuals will be called soon to facilitate the investigation under Section 4 of the Sedition Act 1948.