Suspect who insulted Agong mentally unwell, says top cop

KUALA LUMPUR: Police today said the man arrested for allegedly insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had been found to be mentally unsound.

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said the suspect had a medical record of mental health problems.

“The suspect is mentally unwell,” he said in a press conference at Bukit Aman.

Yesterday, Criminal Investigation Department director Huzir Mohamed said the man had been detained for insulting the Agong on Facebook.

In a statement, he said the police had so far begun four investigations under Section 4 (1)(a) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Three investigations were on Facebook posts insulting the king while the fourth was on a post uploaded to lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri’s Twitter account which he said could cause disharmony and jeopardise public order.

Hamid also said the police would not curb freedom of expression and would allow public assemblies as long as they followed the law.

Hamid, who was appointed as top cop last May, was responding to questions on police probes into protesters last week.

He said the people were free to express their opinions.

“The police are not interested in curbing freedom of expression, but we must also think about the safety of the general public, people who are not involved or not interested,” he added.

He also advised the public to exercise their right to express their opinions in the correct manner.

“The laws are not to curb, but to give assurance for those who want to talk and hear (these talks) (that they are) carried out in an organised way.”

Adding however that there are still “some who are stubborn”, he said they would like to confine their actions to the Peaceful Assembly Act.

He also said NGOs must inform the police so that officers are stationed to monitor traffic and the flow of movement.

“We asked them to hold the rally at Padang Merbok, why must they organise it right in the centre of the city?”