Woman detained, faces sedition probe in Malaysia for insulting police on Facebook

Kluang OCPD Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Laham (above) said the woman was arrested at 12.05am at her house.
Kluang OCPD Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Laham (above) said the woman was arrested at 12.05am at her house.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KLUANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A 44-year-old businesswoman from Taman Seri Impian here was arrested on Friday (Dec 25) for insulting the police on a social networking site.

Kluang OCPD Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Laham said she was arrested at 12.05am at her house in Jalan Seri Impian 1/12, Taman Seri Impian, for posting the insulting comments on Facebook.

Her mobile phone was also confiscated during the arrest.

He said she was arrested for her Facebook post on Wednesday (Dec 23) alleging that the police had hit her child and asked for money.

Her son was arrested on Nov 29 for owning a stolen motorcycle and charged in court, with the case ongoing.

"Her posting gave a bad impression of the police and she has been remanded for three days until Sunday for investigations to be carried out," he said on Friday.

ACP Mohamad said the case was being investigated under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948, which carries a jail term of not more than three years or a maximum fine of RM5,000 or both on conviction.

"I also advise the public not to take to social media to bad mouth others, or you will have to bear the consequences and also action from the law," he added.

He also said that insulting others on social media was a criminal offence and the police had the right to take action under the law.