Police have arrested and secured a four-day remand against a man who made a death threat against lawyer Syahredzan Johan.
Brickfields deputy police chief Arifai Tarawe told the media via WhatsApp today that investigations were being carried out under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation.
Under Section 506, death threats can be punished with up to seven years’ jail, a fine, or both.
In a tweet, Syahredzan thanked the police for their swift action.
Syahredzan received the threat on Wednesday night after calling for preacher Zakir Naik’s permanent resident status to be revoked.
The message, translated from Malay, read: “You chase away Dr Zakir Naik, I will find you till I get you and I will separate your pig head from your body… this I swear on Islam and the Malay race.
“If you dare, try it (chase Zakir away).”
Syahredzan, who is also an aide to DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang, lodged a police report on the matter on Thursday.
The lawyer had criticised the preacher over the latter’s remarks against Hindu and Chinese Malaysians.
Zakir came under fire for saying that Hindu Malaysians supported the Indian government more than Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad over his charges in India. He had also made some pointed remarks about Chinese Malaysians, calling them “guests”.
He claimed to have been misquoted on both issues.
Police are investigating the preacher over those remarks under Section 504 of the Penal Code, which covers insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace, and is punishable with up to two years’ jail, a fine, or both. – Malaysiakini
Earlier report: Aug 15, Syahredzan Johan Gets Death Threat After Proposing Withdrawal of Zakir Naik’s PR