Police have detained Sungai Pelek assemblyman Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew to assist their probe into a social media posting that allegedly had seditious elements against Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
Federal Police (Bukit Aman) CID deputy director (Investigations and Legal) DCP Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the arrest was made at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters this morning.
“Ronnie Liu was detained at 10.40 am to give a statement and the investigation is under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 in regard to uploading of status on social media done by him relating to Al-Sultan Abdullah.
“He will be freed after his statement is recorded,” he told Bernama.
Yesterday, Bernama had reported Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Huzir Mohamed as saying that Liu is among four individuals being probed for allegedly insulting the King on social media.
Liu is alleged to have uploaded Facebook status with the words “Now in Bangkok. They Are Saying No to the King”.
According to his lawyer Jadavish Chandra, Liu was arrested by officers from Bukit Aman when he turned up for questioning at the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters this morning.
Jadavish said based on the posting, there was no offence committed.
The lawyer was hopeful that Liu could be released later in the evening and said police would have to remand the assemblyperson if they want to hold him for longer than 24 hours.
Police are also investigating three other social media users for making similar remarks against the Agong.
Reportedly, Liu’s post compared the ongoing protests in Thailand with the situation in Malaysia, which prompted a number of citizens to file police reports against the DAP assemblyman.