IGP: Police probing Jeff Ooi over Haron Din tweet

Reposted from Malay Mail Online

19 September 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 — The police have started investigations on DAP lawmaker Jeff Ooi over his alleged tweet on the death of PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Dr Haron Din.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today that the Jelutong MP is being investigated under Section 298 of the Penal Code, pertaining to uttering words with the deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person.

“We will investigate Jeff Ooi under Section 298 of the Penal Code,” Khalid told reporters after the Bukit Aman monthly assembly here.

Khalid did not specify when Ooi would be called in to give his statement, but advised him to meet the police voluntarily.

“If he wants it to go smoothly, then he should surrender himself quickly. If not, we would have to go and find him,” he said.

Ooi reportedly tweeted last Friday, “Adios Harun Din. Let there be peace”. His tweets are currently protected and only available to approved followers.

The tweet, which has since been reportedly removed, drew ire from the public, with even DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng calling it insensitive and distancing the party from it.

Ooi had since said that he had no intention to belittle Haron’s family with the tweet, saying he was merely wishing Haron farewell.

The IGP also said three suspects have been arrested for posting similar comments about Haron’s death, which he said insulted Islam.

All three are being investigated under Section 298 of the Penal Code.

Haron died last Friday at the age of 76 at the Stanford University Hospital in California while undergoing treatment for a heart problem.

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