Police yesterday arrested a 43-year-old man over a Facebook posting seen as inciting Muslims in Malaysia to shed the blood of non-Muslims.
Acting Kuala Lumpur police chief Roslan Bek Ahmad said the man was arrested at the Cheras district police headquarters at 3pm yesterday.
The arrest was made following a police report lodged by a politician on the Facebook post, which urged Muslims to “sharpen their knives for the infidels”.
The man is believed to be a deputy director with the Islamic Development Department Malaysia (Jakim).
It was earlier reported that the Facebook post was uploaded by an officer from Jakim.
“According to initial investigations, the suspect claims his Facebook account was hacked.
“The police views this issue seriously and will not hesitate to take the appropriate action in accordance with the law,” Roslan said.
He added that the case is being investigated under Section 505(C) of the Penal Code and Section 233 under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
Section 505(C) concerns statements conducing to public mischief with intent to incite a community against another community and carries a punishment of up to two years’ imprisonment or a fine, or both.
Section 233 concerns improper use of network facilities, which carries a fine of up to RM50,000 or up to a year imprisonment, or both.
Earlier report: Aug 15, Jakim Probes Officer’s Alleged FB Post Threatening to Slaughter Non-Muslims