Grandnephew of Taib Mahmud Arrested for Facebook Insult

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Abdul Aziz Isa, special assistant to Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, arrested yesterday.

Abdul Aziz Isa was arrested when he presented himself at Kuching district police headquarters at 4.15pm on Saturday.

State police commissioner Datuk Amer Awal said police were investigating a Facebook post by Aziz after a report was lodged at Sekama police station a few hours prior to his arrest.

“The post was said to have brought shame to a deceased leader. After studying the post, police decided to investigate the report under Section 504 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.

“The Facebook account holder, a 28-year-old man, was identified and called to Kuching police headquarters where he was arrested.

“His mobile phone was also seized for investigation,” Amer said in a statement.

He added that Aziz was released on police bail after his statement was taken.

The case is being investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code and Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1988.

Section 504 covers the offence of intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of public peace and is punishable with a maximum two-year jail term or a fine or both.

Section 233 (1) (a) of the CMA criminalises the intentional creation and transmission of derogatory communications material to hurt another.

However, in a Facebook post, Chong alleged that Aziz was arrested for insulting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

In the same social media posting the Bandar Kuching Member of Parliament also described the arrest made on Aziz as “the most ridiculous”.

“It is a big irony that on this Malaysia Day, the rights of the people to comment against our political leaders is so much suppressed as if there are no rights of expression amongst the rakyat,” Chong wrote on his Facebook page.

He added it is a shame that the administration of the country has to resort to the police oppression to suppress the voices of dissents.

Aziz was DAP’s candidate in Batu Kitang in last year’s state election, where he lost to Barisan Nasional’s Lo Khere Chiang in a five-cornered fight.

Chong, who went with Aziz to the Kuching district police headquarters, claimed that the police refused a lawyer to be allowed to accompany Aziz while his statement was being recorded.

Chong Chieng Jen/Facebook