Cops grilled Tamrin over blog post on TMJ.
A court hearing over a charge for alleged sedition would be an opportunity to subpoena various individuals, including Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, said Tamrin Abdul Ghafar.
Speaking to reporters after being summoned for questioning at Bukit Aman yesterday, Tamrin, the eldest son of the late former deputy prime minister Ghafar Baba, said he would prefer for the case to be brought to court.
“I said (during the questioning) I would prefer if this case is taken to court, so I can subpoena all these people.
“When I have to defend myself, then I have to also call TMJ,” said Tamrin who was questioned over his writing critical of the crown prince.
Tamrin, 72, has defended his action, saying “someone has to do it”
“Since nobody wants to do it, I will do it,” he said.
Tamrin was grilled for three hours by police. He was accompanied by his lawyer Mohd Azharul Ab Taib.
He arrived at 11am and left the police headquarters around 1.30pm.
Azharul said a police report was lodged in Majidee, Johor, against a Facebook post that quoted his client’s name as the writer of an article dated Feb 1 and originally published on his personal blog.
The Facebook page is believed to be a fan page for Tamrin.
“I don’t have Facebook. I don’t know how to use Facebook,” Tamrin said.
It is understood that several Malay NGO representatives also filed police reports over the blogpost, which supposedly questions the role of the Malaysian royal institution.
In his article, which was uploaded to his personal blog, Tamrin called Tunku Ismail “stupid” and a “midget”.
Tamrin’s comments came after Tunku Ismail made several harsh criticisms of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and lashed out at the government for the coronavirus outbreak.
Tamrin told reporters that as Malay rulers, they must behave decently in public.
Tamrin is being investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 over his February 2 blog post, “TMJ – Bodoh Sombong Yang Tak Boleh Di Ajar”.
Tamrin said that the police had interviewed him over on 34 points contained in his article.
“The police (went through) them one by one, why I wrote them and what I meant by them,” he said.
Tamrin also hinted that he will not stop writing despite being probed.
“Following what happened, I will write a new article titled ‘Saya ke Bukit Aman sekali lagi’ (I went to Bukit Aman once again),” said Tamrin.
This is the second time that he has been called to give his statement to the police over his comments that allegedly insulted the Malaysian monarchy.
On January last year, Tamrin gave his statement to police after he posted an article in Malay titled “Antara King Edward VIII dan King Muhammad V” (Between King Edward VIII and King Muhammad V), urging the then Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V to clarify news reports of his marriage to former Miss Moscow Oksana Voevodina in Russia during two months when he was absent from Malaysia.
Tamrin said the clarification was of national interest, as it concerned Malaysia’s king.
The articles drew parallels between the Sultan’s situation and that of former British monarch King Edward VIII, who stepped down due to his marriage with American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
Quizzed on his latest political move, Tamrin merely smiled and said, “Nobody wants me.
“But I think that’s better because at least now I am a free man,” said the former Umno Batu Berendam MP from 1986 to 1995.
He joined PAS in 2012 but parted ways with the Islamist party after the break-up of Pakatan Rakyat and PAS drifting towards Umno.