Malaysian opposition member detained under Sedition Act

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) central committee member Khairul Nizam Abd Ghani has been detained by police under the Sedition Act.

Khairul Nizam was detained after he went to the Dang Wangi police station at about 10am yesterday to have his statement recorded.

PSM secretary-general Sivarajan Arumugam, who spoke to reporters outside the police station, said the offence under which Khairul Nizam was being detained had not been specified.

He claimed that the police had intended to arrest Khairul Nizam during a forum on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Kuala Terengganu last Friday.

However, after discussions, Sivarajan said the police agreed not to arrest Khairul Nizam and to allow him to go to Dang Wangi for questioning.

In a statement, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) condemned the arrest.

In November, PSM leader S. Arutchelvan was charged with sedition for allegedly criticising the judiciary in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy conviction.

Arutchelvan is alleged to have committed the offence in a Facebook posting.