A Pahang football fan was today remanded in Johor Baru for two days for allegedly posting a degrading tweet against Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.
Police will apply for extension of remand for Masyhur Abdullah, 29, tomorrow, human rights NGO Suaram said on Twitter.
Johor police chief Wan Ahmad Najumuddin Mohd said police have also confiscated Masyhur's mobile phone and two SIM cards.
Masyhur allegedly uploaded the message using the Twitter handle @thekeluangman.
He was arrested in Kuala Lumpur yesterday and brought to Johor Baru.
He is investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
He can be jailed no longer than one year, or fined not more than RM5,000 or both, if charged and convicted.
"The Johor police advise the public not to abuse social media by posting distasteful messages which hurt and burden others, without first considering the consequences.
"Johor police will always take stern action on these matters and the perpetrators will be brought to book," Wan Ahmad Najumuddin said in a statement.
The alleged offending post was made in response to a photo of the crown prince shown about to indulge in a meal.
On the plate was an ‘elephant’ with the words CEO on it.
This was said to be in reference to Pahang football team’s former CEO Fahrizal Hasan over a match with the Johor team earlier.
The Pahang team is known as ‘Tok Gajah’ or elephant.
Tunku Ismail later clarified that the image was nothing personal.