Amanah Youth vice-chief Shazni Munir Mohd Ithnin has denied a report quoting him as saying that BN could only be toppled through large-scale riots.
As a result of the alleged remarks, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar had instructed for action to be taken against the Amanah leader.
But Shazni argued how the purported report quoting him was published by an unknown portal - www.bicara.news . The portal, he said, had quoted him entirely differently from his remarks stated in an article published on Free Malaysia Today ( FMT ).
“I deny the slanderous comments made by www.bicara.news on my article,” he said in a statement today.
The IGP, said Shazni, should have first checked the source of information first before making any instructions.
“Giving instructions based on a wrong source of information is a persecution against me as a citizen,” he said.
He added that the IGP should have been more professional in his duties and should not have given instructions on Twitter based on some ‘unknown portal’.
Shazni, in the original article published on FMT , had only raised the issue of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) which he said had burdened the rakyat in the past year.
Although he had urged the people to join the anti-GST and anti-Najib rally to be held today, he made no mention about toppling BN through riots.
“I consider this a threat to smother the rakyat’s mood in rejecting Najib and BN,” he stressed.
Khalid, in his tweet today, instructed the PCIRC and D5 police unit to take action on “this seditious person”.
Bicara ’s report was republished by blog Malaysia Today , which caught the IGP’s attention.
Shazni however confirmed with Malaysiakini that he has yet to be contacted by the police on the matter.
The instruction for arrest comes after an engineer was nabbed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for a Facebook posting against Najib.
It was earlier reported that the engineer was sacked from his position in Petronas over the posting, which was a comment on a speech Najib gave on Police Day.
However, sources in the know in Petronas told Malaysiakini the engineer was employed by a Petronas vendor, and not the national oil and gas company.