KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 — Police are investigating Datuk A. Kadir Jasin after police reports were lodged against him over a blog post commenting on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, said Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
The Inspector-General of Police said Kadir would be investigated under the Sedition Act, Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) and Section 500 of the Penal Code for criminal defamation.
"These reports were lodged by the public and NGOs," he said after launching Ops Selamat 13/2018 in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri at Menara TM today.
He said police have received three police reports to date, one from Kelantan, one from Selangor and one from the Klang Valley.
Those convicted under Section 500 of the Penal Code for defaming others shall be punished with imprisonment for a term that may extend to two years, or a fine, or both.
Under Section 233 of the CMA, those convicted with improper use of network facilities or network services to transmit any communication that is deemed to be offensive and could cause annoyance to another person shall be punished with a maximum fine of RM50,000, or a maximum one-year jail term, or both, as well as a further fine of RM1,000 for every day the offence is continued after conviction.
Mohamad Fuzi said police would furnish the investigations paper to the deputy public prosecutor for further action once their probe is completed.
Kadir previously disclosed that the government spent RM257 million for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s expenditure over 16 months.
He wrote another entry today defending his earlier post, telling critics he only meant to show how royals need no assurances beyond what the Federal Constitution provides.
Pakatan Harapan de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim censured Kadir over the remarks yesterday, saying it was unhealthy to publicly dispute the position of the royalty.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad declined to comment on the matter yesterday as he said he had not read Kadir’s entry.