Insurance group executive director says tweet about extremism within the law

Insurance group executive director says tweet about extremism within the law
Eric Paulsen.

KUALA LUMPUR - Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen believes that what he had said about extremism during Friday sermons is within the law and the Constitution.

He was released on bail from the Dang Wangi district police headquarters here at about 4.30pm yesterday, two days after he was arrested on Monday night.

"I think our Federal Constitution allows Malaysians to speak within the boundaries of law and I believe my tweet was within those laws," he told reporters after his release.

Paulsen had come under fire over his tweet, which urged the Government to look at Friday sermons provided by Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) for allegedly promoting extremism.

Paulsen said his arrest was unnecessary as he was willing to come forward on the day he came to lodge a report on the death threats that he had received.

Paulsen had reportedly received several threats via Twitter and WhatsApp over the weekend when he was in his office.

He also said he would choose his words carefully in the future.

"I will certainly choose my words much more carefully as things can go out of control," he added.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had said that Paulsen's tweet will be investigated under the Sedition Act.

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