Woman detained for allegedly insulting Malaysian King on Facebook

PETALING JAYA - A woman has been detained by Malaysia's Internet watchdog for allegedly insulting the Malaysian King on her Facebook page.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said it has the power to investigate such cases and that she might also be charged for sedition, following police reports made against the Facebook posting.

The Star did not name her but many Malaysian blogs and websites named her as Melissa Gooi.

An MCMC spokesman said the woman was detained by the commission with the assistance of the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigations Department on Tuesday morning.

"We have successfully tracked and detained the suspect, who was said to have insulted the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Facebook.

"The suspect, who is female, was detained to assist in investigations," he said in a statement Tuesday.

He added that the suspect was believed to have been in hiding after her identity was revealed on the Internet following the alleged insult.

"The commission is also requesting for the suspect's friends to come forward to assist in further investigations.

"The investigation was done under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998," he said, adding that the suspect might also be charged under the Sedition Act 1948.

He said the MCMC viewed seriously the abuse of social media to upload content or comments containing elements of insult, especially against the monarchy.

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