Raveentharan to answer for controversial Facebook post at Bukit Aman

AUDREY DERMAWAN

GEORGE TOWN: Police have opened investigation papers against former PKR Batu Uban assemblyman S. Raveentharan over his controversial posting in Facebook yesterday.


Northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mior Faridalatrash Wahid said this following a police report lodged by Pertubuhan Penyebaran Islam Antarabangsa yesterday afternoon.


He said the complainant had reported seeing on Raveentharan’s Facebook status the words “Firstly, Islam was never a religion of peace”, which was posted yesterday morning.


He added that the complainant believed that the statement was provocative and could cause disharmony.


“We have already started investigations, and are now recording statements on this case.


“We will investigate this case under Section 298 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act,” he said.


Section 298 of the Penal Code is for uttering words with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of another person and Section 233 of the Multimedia and Communications Act 1998 is for improper use of network facilities.


Yesterday, Raveentharan apologised to all his Muslim friends over a controversial posting in Facebook.


His apology, posted on his Facebook page Raveentharan Subramaniam yesterday, read:


"My sincere apologies to all my Muslim friends for my FB posting."


Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had directed the police to call Raveentharan up to explain his controversial posting.


Raveentharan, when contacted by the New Straits Times last night, said he would go to Bukit Aman soon to give his statement, after fixing an appointment with the police.


He said he did not expect his controversial posting to go viral.


"I have posted a sincere apology but I am willing to explain to the police what I had meant with my posting.


"My posting is solely in reference to Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik," the lawyer added, noting that he has been advised not to say anything further for now at this juncture.