SEBERANG PERAI, Oct 13 ― Wan Ji Wan Hussin, information officer to the Penang chief minister, was arrested at 2.45pm today, just after Friday prayers outside Masjid Sembilang in Seberang Jaya.
Penang police chief Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye confirmed the arrest.
“Wan Ji will be investigated under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act,” he said.
The 35-year-old popular preacher was taken to the Central Seberang Perai police headquarters for further investigation and will be taken to the Dang Wangi police station in Kuala Lumpur after that.
Wan Ji was appointed as information officer last month to assist the Penang chief minister’s strategic adviser Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail to counter Islamic-related matters in the state.
In a statement, Saifuddin Nasution said Wan Ji had been arrested after delivering a sermon at the mosque.
“The reason for his arrest is still unknown,” he said, adding that a statement will be issued after a lawyer accompanying Wan Ji is able to obtain information.