Police Probing Sabah MP Mohamaddin for Incitement over Viral Speech on Lahad Datu Invasion

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Bukit Aman is expected to call Lahad Datu MP Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi for questioning after a video of the former tourism, arts and culture minister claiming that the Lahad Datu invasion by Sulu terrorists was a farce went viral.

Deputy Commissioner Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, deputy director of investigation and legal affairs in the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department, said 46 police reports against the politician had been received as of yesterday, Utusan Malaysia reported today.

“The investigation is made in accordance with Section 505(b) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act,” the senior policeman was quoted saying.

Section 505(b) of the Penal Code criminalises any act conducing to public mischief, punishable with a jail term of up to two years, a fine, or both.

Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act concerns improper use of network facilities to post comments regarded as “obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive”, punishable with jail up to a year, a fine of RM50,000, or both. Those convicted can also be fined an additional RM1,000 for every day the offence continues after conviction.

Mohamaddin, a Warisan supreme council member, is running for the Segama state seat in the Sabah election.

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He drew backlash after he purportedly likened the bloody battle between Malaysian armed forces fighting off Sulu terrorists in Kampung Tanduo, Sabah as a war with “chickens” and “dogs”. A 2.30-minute video of his speech was widely shared on social media.

Mohamaddin has since apologised but claimed the videoed part of his speech did not provide the context. He claimed he was explaining the previous Barisan Nasional government’s failure in tackling the undocumented migrant issue.

Meanwhile, police said a total of 72 reports have been lodged against Mohamaddin.

Asked to comment on Mohamaddin’s statement, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said it had offended the parties involved in the Lahad Datu incident.

“I do not want to comment further, but what is important is we are investigating the case,” he said.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had said in a statement that Mohamaddin remark that the terrorist intrusion in Lahad Datu was a sham was an insult to the security forces and their families, as 10 members of the Malaysian security forces were killed in the tragedy.

Chief of Defence Force Jen Tan Sri Affendi Buang also said Mohamaddin’s statement belittled the role and responsibility of the armed forces.