Jeff Ooi probed over ‘Haron Din’ tweet

 |Sep 19, 2016
Khalid said Jeff Ooi is being investigated under Section 298 of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity and prejudicing the maintenance of harmony or unity, on the grounds of religion.
Khalid said Jeff Ooi is being investigated under Section 298 of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity and prejudicing the maintenance of harmony or unity, on the grounds of religion.

DAP parliamentarian Jeff Ooi Chuan Aun is being investigated by the police over his alleged insensitive tweet on the demise of PAS spiritual leader Haron Din.

He is being probed under Section 298 of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity and prejudicing the maintenance of harmony or unity, on the grounds of religion.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Ibrahim told this to reporters after the monthly assembly in Bukit Aman today.

“We are investigating him.” said Khalid, adding that the Jelutong MP would be called in to get his statement recorded.

But the IGP said it is better for Jeff Ooi to surrender to facilitate police investigation and save time.

“Or else we have to find him.” he said.

Yesterday Jeff Ooi has brushed suggestions that he should publicly apologise to Haron Din’s family and Muslims over his so-called insensitive tweet on the death of the PAS spiritual leader.

Indeed, the DAP lawmaker questioned his critics on why he should issue such an apology in the first place when his tweet did not contain any unlawful word or remark.

“What apology I have to ask? Show me on how my tweet breached any law,” he told newsmen.

Jeff Ooi said he would abide by any decision to be taken by his party, DAP, on the issue.

He explained that he had wished “farewell for the final time and peace to his soul” to Haron on his demise as the PAS leader was once part of the opposition block, Pakatan Rakyat.

He said his detractors surely did not understand the meaning of his tweet which was posted in English, adding that he would abide by any decision to be taken by his party leadership on the issue.

“He was once in Pakatan Rakyat. That’s the reason why, we wished him farewell for the last time.

“Even that was wrong? They don’t understand international language.

“I will stand-by with my articulation and explanation that I had given to my party leadership.

“No reason to apologise. Critics did not understand the international language,” said Jeff Ooi.

 

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