|We will not probe seditious posting under Section 114A yet, say police|
|Thursday, 23 August 2012 10:38am|
©The Star (Used by permission)
KUALA LUMPUR: Police are investigating the case of a seditious message posted on a Facebook page in Umno Youth’s name as an offence under Section 233 of the Communi-cation and Multimedia Act.
City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ku Chin Wah said the probe would not be conducted under Section 114A of the Evidence Act, which had been criticised by various quarters.
“Our initial investigation is carried out under Section 233. Once this is completed, we will pass our investigation papers to the Attorney-General who will then decide whether this should continue under the same Act or under Section 114A or other sections,” he told reporters here yesterday.
Under Section 233, unlawful posts include those that are deemed defamatory, seditious, obscene or malicious.
The administrators of the page, named “Pemuda Umno Malaysia”, had posted a photo claiming that the country’s official religion would be changed from Islam to Christianity should Pakatan Rakyat gain support.
SAC Ku said that so far, the police had only recorded a statement from the complainant who lodged a police report on the matter.
Barisan Nasional executive secretary Ibdilillah Ishak had lodged the report on behalf of Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin on Monday.
Khairy had said that he was prepared to defend himself and the party wing in court over the Facebook posting under Section 114A.
The section shifts the burden of proof and presumes that publication and ownership of offending items posted on the Internet are made using the person’s identity and device.
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