Former DAP member Hew Kuan Yew has been detained by the police for allegedly making seditious remarks during the GE15 campaign period.
In a Facebook post, Hew, who is popularly known as “Superman”, said police arrived at his doorstep at about 7.30pm on Wednesday (Nov 23) to take him to Raub.
Hew pleaded for help and requested for a lawyer.
“The police just came to my door. I will be taken to Raub tonight. Please arrange a lawyer (for me),” he said.
Chow Yu Hui, who won the Raub seat in GE15, confirmed that Hew had been arrested at his Kuala Lumpur house.
Hew had allegedly made the remarks in a speech during the “election eve” ceramah in Melaka last week.
Previously, a video clip of Hew speaking in Cantonese went viral, where he urged the Chinese community to ‘exploit’ the Malay community’s disunity and conflict by giving them a ‘death blow’ during the GE15 campaign.
He confirmed giving out the statement but claimed that the Malay subtitles in the video were wrongly translated, leading to a misunderstanding in the issue he was raising.
After the video went viral, DAP secretary-general Loke Siew Fook said Hew’s stance did not reflect that of PH.
The 52-year-old is currently locked-up at the Dang Wangi district police station for further questioning.
Hew is also the author of the comic book “Belt and Road Initiative for Win-Winism”, which was banned by the authorities for purportedly promoting communist propaganda.
In 2017, he was arrested for a Facebook post which allegedly contained insensitive remarks made against then prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor.