Three individuals from two different states have been arrested for allegedly insulting Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor
The police action comes after a special officer to Sanusi lodged multiple reports against everyday Malaysians who have taken to social media to call out the PAS politician over his recent remarks.
The first arrest involves a senior citizen, who is alleged to have mocked the MB in a Facebook video over Sanusi's remarks about having enough freezer containers for COVID-19 victims.
Bernama reported Kuala Muda district police chief ACP Adzli Abu Shah saying that the 61-year-old man was detained at his house in Lenggeng, Negeri Sembilan at around 4am yesterday, 9 August.
"In the raid, police seized a mobile phone belonging to the man," Malaysiakini quoted Adzli as saying, who added that police had tracked down the senior citizen to his home in Lenggeng.
He was brought to Sungai Petani to be remanded, however, a magistrate did not allow the remand application and he was released on police bail after his statement was taken, Free Malaysia Today reported.
The senior citizen's video, which is over nine-minute in length, was uploaded on a Facebook page called 'Kamal Hero Malaya' on Saturday night, 7 August, where it has since garnered over 10,000 views.
In the Bernama report, Adzli is reported saying that the video by the senior citizen was believed to be politically motivated, insulting, degrading, and tarnishing the reputation of the Kedah MB.
The senior citizen is being investigated under three charges
"The case is being investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code, Section 15 of the Minor Offences Act, and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act," Bernama quoted Adzli as saying, who added that police will submit the investigation papers to the deputy public prosecutor for further action.
Additionally, the senior citizen, who repeatedly questioned the Kedah MB's intelligence in the video, has a prior record which is still being investigated under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation.
Subsequently, two others have been arrested for the same offence
The two individuals were arrested for their comments posted on Facebook last month.
However, police have yet to reveal what the offending comments are.
The two men, aged 52 and 45, were detained at their homes in Kepala Batas and Mergong Perdana in Alor Setar, Kedah at 5.30pm and 6.15pm yesterday, 9 August, according to a report in Utusan Malaysia.
"A special officer of the MB has lodged a police report regarding the negative and rude comments on the leader's Facebook page," said Kota Setar district police chief ACP Ahmad Shukri Mat Akhir.
"The report was made at the Alor Setar police station at 10.30am yesterday and the police detained the two men to assist in the investigation. One of them is a private employee and the other a businessperson. Both have no previous criminal record and were released on bail after being taken into custody," he added.
Both of them are also being investigated under the same charges as the senior citizen.
If found guilty, these individuals can be jailed, fined, or both
Section 504 covers intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace and carries a punishment with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.
Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955 covers insulting behaviour and carries a fine of RM100.
Lastly, Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1988 covers the misuse of network facilities which is punishable with a fine of up to RM50,000 or up to a year imprisonment or both.
Recently, the PAS politician sparked controversy online when he remarked about having enough freezer containers to hold the corpses:
Following which, Sanusi claimed that he was only joking with reporters when his remarks about containers were taken out of context:
Previously, a woman who had outed Sanusi for breaching COVID-19 guidelines had come under attack from supporters of the MB: