Former radio announcer Patrick Teoh has been remanded for three days from today for allegedly insulting Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim on social media.
Teoh’s lawyer Datuk Seri Rajan Navaratnam said his client was taken to the Johor Baru Selatan district police headquarters to be remanded earlier today.
“The remand proceedings took place at 10am before registrar Norhidayah Abd Manaf. The police had requested a four-day remand order for Teoh to be investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.
“However, we asked that it should not be four days but lesser. Norhidayah then granted a three-day remand which will expire on May 12.
“We will know on May 12 whether there will be an application for further remand, or whether Teoh be charged or released on police bail,” Rajan was quoted as saying.
The offence under Section 233 of the Act is for the improper use of network facilities which carries a fine of not more than RM50,000 or jail term of less than a year or both upon conviction.
Rajan said that at 11.40pm last night, police took Teoh from the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters Commercial Crime Investigation Department to the Johor Baru Selatan district police headquarters.
Rajan said Teoh, 72, was in high spirits.
“He has his high blood pressure medication with him and is well taken care of.”
It was reported that Teoh had several days ago on his Facebook page allegedly re-shared an old video of Tunku Ismail and posted comments with profanities.
The video was reportedly uploaded by Tunku Ismail last year depicting him and several others dressed in military fatigues and handling firearms.
Teoh’s posting was said to have since been deleted.
Meanwhile, Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said, “On Friday, the state police received a report from the public alleging that the 73-year-old suspect had allegedly insulted Tunku Ismail, popularly known as TMJ, and the Johor royal institution in a Facebook post under the name Patrick Teoh.”
“Acting on the police report, a team from the Johor police contingent’s Commercial Criminal Investigation Department arrested the suspect at the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters yesterday.
“Police also seized a laptop belonging to the suspect who was later brought to the Johor Baru Magistrate’s Court for his remand proceedings today,” Ayob Khan said in a statement today.
It was reported that Teoh was earlier called to the Petaling Jaya Commercial Crime Investigation Department to have his statement recorded.