Activist Hishamuddin Rais quizzed over seditious article on King

Teoh Pei Ying

KUALA LUMPUR: Activist Hishamuddin Rais was called in by police today to have his statement recorded over an article allegedly criticising Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, published on his blog on June 6.

Hishamuddin’s lawyer, Zaid Malek, said his client was summoned by the Dang Wangi police following a report lodged by a man from Chembong, Rembau, Negri Sembilan.

“The process started at 4pm and took about one and half hour.

“He was called in to assist police investigation under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

“The entire process went smoothly and my client gave his full cooperation,” he told reporters outside Dang Wangi police headquarters.

Hishamuddin had in June lodged a police report denying he made the seditious posts on his blog about the King.

He claimed the article was the work of hackers.

The post has been deleted after a screenshot of the article was widely circulated on the social media.

Meanwhile, Hishamuddin said he would continue to run his blog as per normal.

He also urged the government to honour its promise to abolish the Sedition Act as mentioned in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto.

“If they fail to do it, I will continue to campaign on my blog, telling Malaysians that the new governement had failed to fulfil their promises.” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd