Johor PKR vice-chairperson Hassan Karim today joined a growing list of opposition politicians investigated for or charged with sedition.
Hassan gave his statement at the Shah Alam police station at 2.30pm today, for a remark he made about the Selangor sultan in relation to the ongoing menteri besar crisis.
He is being investigated under Section 4 (1) of the Sedition Act – the same section under which PKR’s Padang Serai MP N Surendran was charged on two separate occasions in the past fortnight.
Malay rights NGO Perkasa had on Aug 16 lodged a police report against Hassan for tweets that it said maligned Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
But Hassan toldMalaysiakini that there were several police reports lodged against him over his Twitter postings.
"There were three Twitter postings they were referring to, but I exercised my right to remain silent," he said.
Hassan said he was released on police bail after questioning and was told to be present at the Shah Alam district police headquarters again on Sept 29.
"They asked me to go there again, but it is not clear whether they will charge me. That remains for the prosecution to decide," he said.
Perkasa in its police report was referring to a tweet where Hassan said: “Sultan jenis apa dia ni? Ketika Selangor dalam krisis serius dia lari luar negeri.” (What kind of sultan is this? When Selangor is in crisis, he runs overseas.)
In a separate tweet, Hassan also urged the sultan and incumbent Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to learn from the Perak crisis.