A 68-Year-Old Pahang Man Has Been Arrested For Allegedly Insulting Prophet Muhammad
On Tuesday, 19 February, a team of police officers from Temerloh district police detained a 68-year-old man at his home in a residential area in Mentakab, Pahang. The elderly man was arrested for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad and his wife.
According to a Bernama report, the man is alleged to have insulted Prophet Muhammad and his wife Saidatina Aisyah on his Facebook account.
The allegedly offending post raised the ire of Muslims in the country, following which 11 NGOs lodged police reports in Kuala Lumpur including one in Batu Pahat, Johor.
Malaysiakini reported that screenshots of the man's Facebook post went viral after several users started forwarding them. However, SAYS could not sight the said post.
Meanwhile, according to a police statement, there were a total of 395 police reports lodged over the man's allegedly offending Facebook status.
He is to be handed over to the Batu Pahat police for investigation
While confirming the arrest, Pahang police chief Mohd Zakaria Ahmad said that the suspect was picked up at 11.30am on Tuesday to facilitate investigations.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has cautioned people to refrain from defaming religion and royalty on social media
According to the Home Minister, it is not a trivial matter.
"The police will take action if reports are lodged," he was quoted as saying.
Earlier in February, Kuantan police detained a 45-year-old man under the Sedition Act 1948 for allegedly insulting the Agong: