Offences Against Two Sultans

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Woman arrested for hugging, kissing Sultan of Johor

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A 28-year-old woman, believed to be mentally unsound, was arrested by police for disrespecting the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

On Monday, the Ruler stopped over at Ayer Hitam during the Kembara Mahkota Johor (KMJ) 2017, an annual touring expedition of the state’s 10 districts by the royal family.

The friendly Sultan was meeting and greeting the public opposite the Marrybrown Restaurant on Jalan Medan Putra at about 9.00am.

A woman apparently walked up to Sultan Ibrahim and hugged him before kissing him on the right cheek.

Policemen and the Ruler’s bodyguards at the scene rushed over and attempted to pull the woman away but she resisted.

Reportedly, a struggle ensued and the woman suffered a small cut on her lips.

However, police managed to subdue and arrest the woman who screamed and caused a commotion at the scene.

Police found no dangerous items on the suspect who had no previous criminal records.

It was learned that the woman had suffered from depression for more than 10 years.

She became depressed after falling short of achieving 19 A’s in her SPM examinations in 2007 when she scored 18 A’s and 1 B.

Investigators also discovered that she was treated for her health condition at a private hospital.

It was said that a medium had told her family that she could be a victim of black magic.

The woman had also told her family that she intended to marry a member of the royal family.

Investigations are ongoing on the suspect for outraging modesty and obstructing a civil servant from carrying out duties, which are under the Penal Code, and for bad behaviour in public under the Minor Offences Act.

Man detained for insulting late Sultan of Kedah

Police have detained a man who allegedly posted insulting comments on the demise of the Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, via the social media.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director, Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the 21-year-old suspect was picked up at his home in Genting Highlands, Pahang yesterday.

He said an iPhone 7 plus cellphone and a MSI Gaming G Series laptop were seized from the man.

“The suspect is being remanded for two days to facilitate the investigation,” he said in a statement.

Acryl Sani said police were also in the midst of tracking down another man for the same offence.

“Both cases are being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, and I would like to advise the public to be responsible and to think before they act.

“Never abuse the social media by making any comments that are disrespectful, rude and insulting anyone, especially towards the royal institution and leaders of the country,” Acryl Sani said.

He added that such an immoral act could trigger tension among the people and pose a threat to the country’s peace and security.