Former Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam has claimed he is under police investigation for alleged criminal intimidation.
In a brief post on his Facebook page last night, Lokman said he had been arrested by federal police and asked for his lawyer to see him at Bukit Aman’s Classified Criminal Investigations Unit.
“I have been detained under Section 506,’’ he said.
Section 506 of the Penal Code deals with criminal intimidation and is punishable with a jail term up to two years, a fine, or both.
However, the jail term can be increased up to seven years if the threat is to cause death or grievous hurt, or the destruction of any property by fire, or an offence punishable with death or imprisonment, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, or to impute unchastity to a woman.
In an earlier video on his Facebook page, Lokman claimed he was being approached by police officers in his restaurant near Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur during the live broadcast entitled ‘Every MP will be bribed with a RM3 million allocation if the 2021 Budget is approved? Is this for real?’
“Tonight, I am approached by several police officers, I do not know what they want. I think it’s enough for tonight, I don’t want them to wait any longer,’’ he said shortly before ending the Facebook video streaming at about 11pm.
The police have yet to issue a statement on Lokman’s arrest and the subsequent details of their investigations.
Reportedly, the police are seeking a remand order for Lokman today.
Lokman is a known critic of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his Perikatan Nasional government.
In the past, he had posted videos online slamming Muhyiddin over the way Umno was being sidestepped in the government.
He is a staunch supporter of former prime minister Najib Razak, and has expressed views that the latter should be allowed to make a political comeback.
This is not the first time Lokman has been probed by the police.
In October last year, he was charged with inciting or likely to incite the public to commit any offence against any other class or community at the Magistrate’s Court in Shah Alam.
In February this year, he was sacked from Umno after he purportedly released an audio recording that depicted Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s apparent attempt to persuade party leaders to team up with then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Under the previous Barisan Nasional government, Lokman was a communications director at the Finance Ministry.