Three TMI editors detained over hudud article

PETALING JAYA - Police have arrested three editors of The Malaysian Insider news portal to assist in investigations over an article published last week.

The three are managing editor Lionel Morais, Bahasa Malaysia features and analysis editor Zulkifli Sulong and Bahasa Malaysia news editor Amin Iskandar.

On Thursday, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar tweeted that the police would be calling in the editor-in-chief of The Malaysian Insider over articles published by the portal.

The portal had uploaded an article saying that the Conference of Rulers had rejected proposed amendments to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 during a meeting on March 11.

The article, which quoted sources, had said that the rejection of the amendments to the Federal Act were made at a meeting which was attended by all Malay Rulers or their representatives.

But on Thursday, it was reported that the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad had denied issuing any statement on hudud in Kelantan and had lodged a police report to seek a police investigation into the matter.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated matter, Bernama reported that two Perak state assemblymen and four others claimed trial in the magistrate's court to a charge of obstructing a City Hall officer from carrying out his duties in Kuala Lumpur last Friday.

All of them pleaded not guilty after the charge was read before magistrate Nur A'minahtul Mardiah Md Nor yesterday.

The two PKR assemblymen were Chang Lih Kang, 35, (ADUN Teja) and Tan Kar Hing, 33, (Simpang Pulai) and the others were the Gombak District Settlement Liaison Officer, Chee Chu San, 40, and his assistant, Yong Ming Chong, 48, former member of the Subang Jaya Municipal Council, N. Tamilarason, 53, and activist Gan Zhi Mou, 24.

Chee also pleaded not guilty to a charge of using criminal violence on another DBKL official, Mat Fuat Yusoff, 50, from carrying out his work at the same time, place and day.