Mahathir does not agree with police action against critics

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday he does not agree that action must be taken against any individual who criticises him.

"I have informed the police about this. This law will be reviewed when Parliament convenes," he said in a post on his Twitter account.

Tun Dr Mahathir had uploaded the post with a link to a media report on the arrest of a man in Langkawi over alleged insulting remarks made against the PM and Islam on a Facebook account.

The Facebook account of the Langkawi District Police headquarters, which carried the news of the arrest, said the suspect was detained following police reports made by representatives of several non-governmental organisations.

Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah said yesterday that the police reports against those accused of insulting Dr Mahathir on social media run contrary to the new government's policy of upholding freedom of expression.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'Mahathir does not agree with police action against critics'. Print Edition | Subscribe