Saying that he does not mind being insulted by anybody nor is he affected by criticisms or insults, the prime minister tells the cops to stop arresting those who insult him.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he is not affected by criticisms or insults, saying this is the “price” one has to pay for being in politics.
He added that politicians must have a thick skin, as being insulted is part and parcel of being in politics.
“A politician must accept being criticised, being called names. I have been called all kinds of names.
“I have never taken any action, even when I was prime minister before this.
“I don’t mind being insulted by anybody, it’s not going to affect me,” he said.
Dr Mahathir was commenting on the recent arrest of Azman Noor Adam under Section 4 of the Sedition Act 1948 for allegedly spreading insulting pictures of the prime minister.
Azman is the brother of Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam, who was quoted as saying that Azman was detained for sharing a photograph taken from his friend’s Facebook account which allegedly defames Dr Mahathir.
The picture posted shows a boy baring his buttocks at Dr Mahathir’s image on television.
Several Pakatan Harapan (PH) lawmakers have also criticised the use of the Sedition Act on Azman.
Meanwhile, Selangor CID chief Fadzil Ahmat said investigations into Azman were already completed and he was released on bail yesterday evening.
He added that the police are waiting for further instructions from the deputy public prosecutor.