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Duo arrested for threatening trader who allegedly insulted King

Bernama

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Police have arrested two men on suspicion of threatening a trader for allegedly insulting Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Kuantan police chief Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said the suspects, aged 32 and 36, from Bandar Indera Mahkota and Bukit Setongkol in Kuantan, were picked up after the trader lodged a police report at 8.30pm yesterday.

"Initial investigations found the duo had scolded the victim at his shop because they were angry over the comments he had posted about the King and the Malay rulers on his Facebook site. 

"They also uttered words whereby he feared for his safety,” he said in a statement today.

Noor said that in his police report, the victim claimed that his comments uploaded on Thursday were in reply to a posting of a friend which came along with a picture of the King.

"The victim then deleted the comments on realising that the picture was that of the King. He claimed that the duo then came to his shop in the afternoon and scolded him about the comments.

"Thereafter, the victim claimed that at 4.30pm, four men came by and cursed him about the same matter and invited him to a fight,” he said, adding that the case on the insulting comments were being probed by Temerloh police.

Yesterday, a video clip lasting a minute and 37 seconds went viral on social media showing the duo arguing with the victim.

Meanwhile, Pahang Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail in a statement in Kuantan said the state government wanted stern action to be taken against anyone who insulted the King and the Malay rulers.

He also called for lèse-majesté laws to be enacted to put a stop to people insulting the King and the institution of Malay rulers.

Pahang PKR chairperson Fuziah Salleh, who is also deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, echoed the same, saying such behaviour should not be tolerated.

Sultan Abdullah of Pahang was sworn in as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31 at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

- Bernama

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