Cops seize Syed Saddiq’s phone in probe over custodial death post

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Police have seized a mobile phone belonging to Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman in connection with a probe over the Muar MP’s Instagram posting last month on the death of A Ganapathy.

Syed Saddiq said although he had given full cooperation by handing over his mobile phone, social media account and sim card, the seizure was deemed unnecessary for an investigation only on his Instagram account.

“I have willingly allowed them access to my Instagram because they said the investigation is only on the account, and nothing else.

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“So, the question is why do they need to take the entire mobile phone?” he told reporters outside Dang Wangi district police station this afternoon after recording his statement for about two hours.

Despite acknowledging the police’s duty to investigate, Syed Saddiq said he was concerned when informed that instructions to seize his mobile phone came from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

According to the former youth and sports minister, the concern stemmed from his experience of potential abuse in the MCMC for purposes of political intrusion and sabotage.

“We know there is a segment in the MCMC dedicated to political intrusion, sabotage campaign and others – which was shut down by the previous Pakatan Harapan administration under former minister Gobind Singh Deo.

“The question is, after the change of government to Perikatan Nasional (PN), did they reactivate this unit with political intentions? That is my worry,” Syed Saddiq said.

“I trust the police in this case. But they said the instructions came at the last minute from the MCMC.

“And that raised my scepticism,” added the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) co-founder.

Muda central executive committee in a statement said authorities should focus on probing Ganapathy’s death, rather than cracking down on its critics.

In his post, Syed Saddiq demanded justice for Ganapathy who died while being treated in hospital, following his arrest in February.

Separately, DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang similarly said police should help to restore public trust in the PN government, rather than commit acts that further erode confidence in the authorities.

“Why are the police doing a disservice to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin by investigating Syed Saddiq and enlarging the deficit of public trust and confidence in the authorities during the testing time of the Covid-19 pandemic?” Lim said in a statement.

The Iskandar Puteri MP added that police should hold a public inquest into Ganapathy’s death to prove that they have nothing to hide over the incident.

Ganapathy was reportedly arrested on Feb 24 to assist in a probe linked to his brother who was wanted by the police. On March 11, the deceased’s mother, S Thanaletchumy, claimed that her son was beaten while in custody.

The claim was made after she was contacted by a police officer on March 8, informing her that her son was freed but being treated at Selayang Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

Ganapathy died in hospital on April 18. – Malaysiakini