Cops probing Taiping MP for religious insult, sedition over Raya Facebook post

Reposted from Malay Mail Online

9 July 2016

PUTRAJAYA, July 9 — DAP lawmaker Nga Kor Ming is being investigated for his recent Facebook post related to the Hari Raya Puasa celebrations, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

Khalid said several police reports had been filed against the Taiping MP’s alleged Facebook post and added that checks were being conducted to verify if Nga had uploaded the “sensitive” content personally.

“If it is true that he was the one who made [the remarks], I think that is an act of trying to mock Islam.

“That is not something that should be done by someone like Yang Berhormat and in our multicultural country, so I urge everyone to be careful,” he told reporters during Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s Raya open house celebration here.

He added that the investigations are under Section 298 of the Penal Code — which deals with uttering words with a deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of a person — and the Sedition Act.

Khalid did not specify the Facebook post that the police was investigating.

Two groups had yesterday made four police reports over a Facebook post that allegedly insulted the Muslim practice of giving out cash in the form of “duit raya” during Hari Raya Puasa.

The Malaysia Heritage Club and the Malaysian Association of Youth Clubs Penang lodged the complaints, with the former’s secretary-general Azman Hassan reportedly claiming that the Facebook post had likened the duit raya practice to bribery.

He demanded a retraction of the Facebook post and a public apology on the same account of the social media platform.

“Nga’s action is clearly an insult demeaning a noble deed at a time when Muslims are celebrating Aidilfitri,” he was quoted as saying by national news agency Bernama.

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