Former Malaysian PM Mahathir questioned by the police over 'house arrest' remarks

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad sits in a car as he leaves his office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 3, 2016.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad sits in a car as he leaves his office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 3, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian police have questioned Tun Mahathir Mohamad over the former premier's alleged statement that the King and Malay Rulers were "placed under house arrest".

Speaking to reporters outside the Yayasan Albukhary in Kuala Lumpur, where the interview took place on Friday, Dr Mahathir's lawyer Ahmad Bazlan Che Kasim said the police recorded a statement from the former premier, who was asked a total of 37 questions, to which he responded to all of them.

Mr Ahmad Bazlan said that the questions were firstly over a police report lodged at the Dang Wangi police station on Dr Mahathir's alleged statement that the King and Malay Rulers were "placed under house arrest".

He said, however, that most of the questions by police were on the Citizens' Declaration.

Mr Ahmad Bazlan said that four officers from Bukit Aman arrived at the building to interview Dr Mahathir at about 3.20pm.

He said the whole interview took about 30 minutes and ended at about 3.50pm.

Dr Mahathir was seen waving to reporters from his car as he was leaving the building at about 4.25pm.

Mr Ahmad Bazlan said the case was being investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation.

Dr Mahathir earlier said he is "always worried" about being questioned by the officers.

"Yes, they (the police) are coming today... This is the third time they are questioning me," he said, after officiating the launch of Perdana Global Peace Foundation's War Disaster Fund.

When asked if he was worried about being questioned, he replied: "I'm worried all the time."

It was reported that Dr Mahathir had claimed that the King and other rulers had been placed under house arrest to prevent them from receiving the signatures of those who supported the Citizens' Declaration.

On May 23, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission adviser Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim lodged a report against Dr Mahathir regarding his claims, and said that the allegations were "false and mischievous".