GEORGE TOWN: Sungai Puyu assemblyman and state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh have been called up for questioning over an alleged seditious article published in online news portal Malaysiakini on Sept 1.
Phee went to the northeast district police headquarters with DAP’s Seri Delima assemblyman and legal counsel RSN Rayer at 8.30pm last night.
Northeast district police OCPD Asst Supt Mior Faridalatrash said Phee was called only for his statement to be recorded.
Earlier, Malaysiakini journalist Susan Loone, who wrote the article, was detained at 3pm for questioning. She was released on police bail at 8pm.
The case is being investigated under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948.
The article quoted Phee as claiming he was treated like a criminal while under detention on Sunday.
Phee was detained to help in the police probe into the illegal Penang Voluntary Patrol Squad (PPS). The assemblyman is PPS chairman.
On Tuesday, a coalition of Malay-based NGOs (GEPMPP) lodged nine reports against Loone and Malaysiakini for writing and publishing the article entitled “Disoalsiasat selama 4 jam, dakwa dilayan seperti penjenayah”.
According to the article, Loone had spoken to Phee via telephone at 1.30am on Monday while the executive councillor was still under police custody.
Phee, who is in charge of the state welfare, caring society and environment portfolios, was released on Monday evening.
In their police reports, GEPMPP members urged the police to sue Malaysiakini and Loone for defamation besides investigating them for sedition.
The coalition claimed that the article attempted to stoke public hatred against the police by spreading lies.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has said he will help Susan Loone and Malaysiakini in the case.