Police probe Kit Siang’s Sri Lanka comments

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Police have opened an investigation over a tweet by Lim Kit Siang that allegedly contained a statement that could threaten public order.

Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan said police had detected a tweet which read “Will the houses of the prime minister and ministers of malaysia be set on fire by angry protestors as happened in sri lanka last week?”.

“A screenshot image of the tweet was also detected to have been transmitted through WhatsApp since it was uploaded on May 19, 2022.

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“Investigations are being conducted by the Special Investigations Unit (D5), under Section 505 (c) of the Penal Code for issuing statements with intent to incite any group or race and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for improper use of network facilities or network services,” he said in a statement on Friday (May 20).

Lim, who is Iskandar Puteri MP published the statement on his blog dated May 19 with the title, “Can Malaysia learn from the lessons of Sri Lanka”.

It was allegedly also posted on Twitter but checks revealed that the tweet has been taken down.

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Thursday (May 19) posted a screenshot of the tweet and urged the police to arrest Lim for sedition.

Lim’s remarks appeared to be cautionary as the question was followed by remarks that it was not likely to happen soon, but that Malaysia must learn from the mistakes of Sri Lanka.

He said his statement has been twisted and distorted, and was surprised to see the disgraced former prime minister leading the attempt.

“I had expected political desperados and opportunists, through their propagandists and cybertroopers, to twist and distort the meaning and purpose of my statement as one of incitement, but I had not expected a former prime minister to head the charge,” Lim said.

Violent protests against the Sri Lankan government erupted this month after a chronic foreign exchange shortage led to rampant inflation and shortages of medicine, fuel, and other essentials.

In the country’s worst economic crisis since independence in 1948, protesters burned down homes belonging to dozens of politicians, including the family home of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Mahinda tendered his resignation as prime minister on May 9.

Lim also questioned whether Malaysia can learn from the mistakes of the Philippines, which saw Ferdinand Marcos Jr elected as president despite his family’s storied corruption in the past.