Police detained two women and a man for allegedly insulting members of the Johor royal household on Thursday.
In the first case, two women were believed to have made offensive statements against Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar via the social media website Facebook.
Johor Police Chief Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said the women, aged 54 and 51, were detained by the Commercial Criminal Investigation Department from the Johor contingent police headquarters around 8.30pm at Batu Tiga, Shah Alam, Selangor.
“The Johor police received a report at 1.17pm on Dec 20 concerning an offensive statement against DYMM Sultan Johor. The statement made could jeopardise harmony and the well-being of the country,” he said in a statement here Friday.
Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said following the detention, police seized two mobile phones and two SIM cards, which were believed to have been used by the two women to make the offensive statements via Facebook.
He said the case would be investigated under Section 233 (1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which provided for a fine of not more than RM50,000 or a jail term of not more than one year or both, upon conviction.
In this regard, he said, police advised members of the public against abusing any application to issue false statements and those that could offend, abuse, threaten and bothered other people.
Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said the police also detained another man Thursday evening on suspicion of making an abusive statement against the Tunku Puteri of Johor, Tunku Tun Aminah Sultan Ibrahim via Facebook.
He said the 38-year-old man was detained about 6.45pm in Jalan Puyuh, Larkin Jaya, here.
“The Johor police received a report on the abuse of the social media at 2.11am Thursday. The report concerned an abusive statement against YAM Tunku Aminah that could threaten national harmony and well-being,” he said.
Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said following the arrest, police seized a sim card and a mobile phone believed to have been used by the suspect in making the abusive statement.
He said the case was being investigated under Section 233 (1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. – Bernama