Twitter user detained for questioning RM70m allocation for vaccination management system

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A Twitter user has been detained for allegedly questioning a RM70 million allocation for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, says police.

Bukit Aman CID deputy director Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri said the 36-year-old man, who sells computer equipment, was detained in Kota Damansara at about 12.05am on Saturday (June 5).

“His tweet was uploaded on May 29, with 4,707 retweets, 115 quote tweets and 3,783 likes.

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“We seized a mobile phone, a router and a modem as part of the investigation,” he said in a statement Saturday (June 5).

The suspect, who goes by the handle Abah @ChairmanGLC, has also been remanded for a day, he added.

It was reported that the suspect is famous for posts critical of the government.

Under Section 4(1) of the Emergency Ordinance, action can be taken against any individual or party who acted for the purpose of causing public distress and concern as well as producing or spreading fake news, DCP Azman said.

“Those found guilty are liable for a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or three years’ imprisonment or both,” he said.

The suspect, a father of four, is being investigated following a report lodged by the Covid-19 Task Force (CITF) over his tweet alleging that MySejahtera did not get the RM70 million, which was said to have been allocated by the government to fund the online system that manages the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP).

Instead, he claimed that the funding had gone to a system used to manage the AstraZeneca vaccine.

It is understood that the man’s tweet was made on May 29, during a hype of criticisms against the government, particularly agencies that handle the NIP after many had bad experiences trying to register for the AstraZeneca vaccine.