Malaysian cops nab engineer for 'inciting terrorist acts' in Facebook post

The engineer had reportedly threatened to "shake Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysian prime minister's residence with a bomb explosion".
The engineer had reportedly threatened to "shake Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysian prime minister's residence with a bomb explosion".PHOTO: ST FILE

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian police have arrested an engineer from a government-linked company for "inciting terrorist acts" after he made a bomb threat on Facebook.

In a statement, the police said that the man was picked up from his home in Parit Buntar, Perak on Friday (Feb 12) evening and has been remanded until Wednesday (Feb 17) for investigations.

He is being probed under Section 130G of the Penal Code for inciting or promoting "the commission of terrorist acts", the police said on Saturday (Feb 13).

"Police raided his house and confiscated items which were used at the time to upload the status," the statement said.

The engineer had reportedly threatened to "shake Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysian prime minister's residence with a bomb explosion" last week, blaming Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for causing hardship to the "rakyat".

The post caused army veteran Mohd Ali Baharom, also known as Ali Tinju, to lodge a police report against the engineer.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rasuid Ibrahim said he viewed the posting, which received less than 10 likes, as a threat.