Take action against Mahathir's 'seditious' remarks, says NGO

Take action against Mahathir's 'seditious' remarks, says NGO

PETALING JAYA - A non-governmental organisation (NGO) wants action to be taken against Mahathir Mohamad for blog comments that allegedly incite people to hate Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Members of Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (Samm) lodged police reports in Kuantan and Kuala Kubu Baru, and gave police 10 days to act against Dr Mahathir, a former prime minister, for making "seditious" remarks.

"Dr Mahathir's statement is a bald-faced attempt at inciting the public to hate Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak," said its Pahang coordinator, Amirul Syazwan.

He questioned why Dr Mahathir was not called in by the police "when many opposition leaders have been investigated, arrested and even charged for issuing nearly the same seditious statements".

Dr Mahathir, through his blog chedet.cc, had written about the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the murder of Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu.

The former premier had sought explanations over the deals of the loss-making 1MDB state-owned investment firm and reports of huge wealth enjoyed by Mr Najib's family, The Straits Times reported.

The discovery of Ms Altantuya's remains in a jungle near Kuala Lumpur in 2006 sparked suspicions that the single mother was killed to silence her over kickbacks in the 2002 purchase of French submarines when Mr Najib was defence minister.

Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar has said Dr Mahathir's comments were not seditious.

In Kuala Kubu Baru, Samm's Hulu Selangor coordinator Megat Khairul Anau said Dr Mahathir should have been called in to give a statement.

Otherwise, the act of inciting hatred against Mr Najib would be "halal" (legitimised), and those who print posters, fliers, banners and the like to raise the same issues as Dr Mahathir "should not be hauled up by the police".

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