Police raid offices of Malaysiakini, The Star

KUALA LUMPUR • A team from Malaysian police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) visited The Star's office for the second time yesterday, after a visit on Friday, in a probe over the newspaper's online report about the transfer of an anti-corruption agency prosecutor.

The police and MCMC officers had taken away a computer after their visit to the offices of the Malaysiakini online news outlet on Friday evening as part of the same probe, media reports say.

The two news outlets had reported on the "sudden" transfer of anti-corruption agency investigator Ahmad Shazalee Abdul Khairi. The authorities said later that while Mr Shazalee, a deputy public prosecutor, was transferred out of the special operations division of the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission, it was because he had gained a promotion.

The probe was launched after a police complaint filed by an officer at the attorney-general's office, Malaysiakini said.

The Star said that the journalist who wrote the news reports was asked a few preliminary questions by a team of four plain-clothes policemen and two from the multimedia watchdog.

They are expected to come to the newspaper's offices at Menara Star tower tomorrow to take a statement from the journalist and to take away a computer used to write the stories, under a section in the penal code on criminal defamation, The Star said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 08, 2015, with the headline 'Police raid offices of Malaysiakini, The Star'. Print Edition | Subscribe