Bukit Aman has launched an investigation into Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, according to the Muar Member of Parliament (MP)
"I have been called in by Bukit Aman for questioning over my interview with Mehdi Hasan," the former youth and sports minister tweeted from his official account today, 18 June.
The said interview, that was done for Al Jazeera's programme called UpFront to talk to its host Mehdi Hasan, was broadcasted on 6 March 2020.
In the interview, Syed Saddiq had shared his views about the country's political turmoil at the time when the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration was overthrown by the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition.
The investigation is being carried out under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act for seditious tendencies and Section 233 of Communications and Multimedia Act 1988 for improper use of network facilities or services
Section 4 of the Sedition Act specifies that anyone who "does or attempts to do, or makes any preparation to do, or conspires with any person to do" an act with seditious tendencies, such as uttering seditious words, or printing, publishing, or importing seditious literature, is guilty of sedition.
If convicted, the person can be fined, for the first offence, maximum RM5,000, be jailed for a maximum of three years, or to both, and for a subsequent offence, be jailed for a maximum of five years.
Meanwhile, under Section 233 of Communications and Multimedia Act 1988, if convicted, the person could face up to one year in jail, an RM50,000 fine, or both.
Syed Saddiq said that he will give his full cooperation to Bukit Aman in their investigation.
During his interview, Syed Saddiq had said that the formation of an "illegitimate backdoor government" to overthrow the democratically elected PH government is a "truly sad day for Malaysian democracy":