Police To Record Duo’s Statements On Sedition Case

(Bernama) — The police will record statements from DAP Socialist Youth chief Loke Siew Fook and Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi for allegedly insulting Islam and the Sultan of Perak, through a blog and news report recently.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the duo could be charged for sedition and stoking racial tension.

He said besides being charged under the Sedition Act 1948, they could also be convicted under Section 298 for insulting Islam and bringing the religion into contempt.

"We (police) have conducted investigations and will record their statements," he said after a cheque-presentation ceremony for the Humanitarian Fund for Gaza Children at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman here Wednesday.

Loke is alleged to have made a seditious statement in his blog against freelance religious speaker Dr Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah's reported statement on the status of the unborn child of political aide Teoh Beng Hock and his fiancee, as a child out of wedlock.

It is also alleged that in the blog, he had insulted Islam, the Sultan of Perak and the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah.

Loke has denied the allegations.

Ooi came under fire for calling Penang municipal councillor Mohd Razali Abdullah, a member of the Jemaah Islah Malaysia (JIM) member, an Islamic extremist and calling JIM an extremist organisation.

It was reported that he (Ooi) had said the Penang Municipal council should not allow a religious extremist to be in the local government administration.