Man Detained For FB Post That Allegedly Led To A Vegetable Seller's Car Being Set Ablaze

His comments led a few villagers to believe that the woman was driving under the influence of alcohol, when a breathalyser test proved otherwise.

Cover image via Sinar Harian & Free Malaysia Today

On 21 June, a 33-year-old man was detained for a Facebook post falsely claiming that a road accident in Tasek Gelugor was caused by drink-driving

Referring to the collision between a Kia Spectra and two motorcycles last Thursday, the post suggested that the woman driver had been under the influence of alcohol, when a breathalyser test proved that she was not. 

The car after colliding into the two motorcyclists.

Image via Free Malaysia Today

The man's post is believed to have been responsible for fuelling angry sentiments among a few individuals who then set the Kia Spectra on fire.

According to New Straits Times, Seberang Perai Utara (SPU) district police chief Assistant Commissioner (ACP) Noorzainy Mohd Noor said in a statement that the 33-year-old was detained at Padang Menora yesterday.

ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor.

Image via The Nusantara Daily

He is currently being investigated under Section 233 of the 1988 Communications and Multimedia Act and Section 505(c) of the Penal Code

ACP Noorzainy added, "[The man] admitted to uploading the post without checking or verifying [the facts] with authorities."

If convicted of these offences, the detainee could face up to RM50,000 in fines and a two-year jail sentence.

Two other men, brothers of the injured motorcyclists, were detained for their aggressive and loaded comments on Facebook

The 19-year-old and 29-year-old are being investigated under Section 435 of the Penal Code for uploading a video showing the car being set ablaze alongside their brash comments on the social media platform.

A report by Astro Awani quoted ACP Noorzainy as saying, "However, they [the brothers] are yet to cooperate with us and tell us who was responsible for the arson attack."

Today, the three men are expected to be taken to Butterworth Sessions Court for further action.

According to Sinar Harian, the district police chief also reminded the public, "Do not share any information if you are unsure of its accuracy."

The woman crashed into two 14-year-old motorcyclists after swerving to avoid a stray animal crossing the road. Find more details about the incident here:

This is not the first time that people have resorted to vigilante justice:

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