KUALA LUMPUR – The police have started its investigation on the Facebook account which published a FB live post which contained criminal threats and insults to the Malays by a Rohingya man in the country.
The Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Director Datuk Huzir Mohamed said, the Facebook account owner who post insults and foul language had ignited the rage among Malaysians over his provocative statements.
The police take the matter seriously. An investigation was conducted by the Classified Criminal Investigation Unit (CCID)(Prosecution and Legal Division) D5 of the CID from 25 until 28 April 2020.
19 police report were lodged by the public on the video by the Rohingya ethnic man and four investigation papers have been opened.
“Based on D5’s investigation, the FB Live was uploaded using the account owned by Villan Vicky, a Rohingya man who used to live in the country but is now residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America,” he said in a media statement today.
According to Huzir, investigation on a viral video post showing four individuals undergoing shooting training using armed weapons and the suspect also threatened to shoot any individual who enter his residential area.
He said, investigation on both bases under Section 14 of Minor Offences 1955 for any sort of insulting behaviour – be it in terms of using insulting or indecent words, language or gestures – which is administered with the intention of disturbing peace or provoking someone else, Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for sharing of offensive and menacing content.
Huzir said, further police investigation on the viral Facebook Live video also revealed the conversation between three men and an unidentified man questioning their intention of commenting negatively about the Malays on Facebook.
“The three men said that the Malays had mad made provocations with comments which degraded the Rohingya people and at the end of the Facebook Live session, they said that their rage was not aimed at the Malays in Malaysia.
“On the contrary, they said that the rage was aimed at Zafar Ahmad, the President of Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Merhrom) and the Rohingya ethnic whom they alleged wanted to be Malays. Besides that, the shooting training video was also their preparation to defend themselves,” he said.
Therefore, Huzir urged the public to stop all speculations on the ongoing investigation. He also advised against sharing any comments on the article or statement on the social media.
He said, the distribution of the statement or material could cause tensions and disharmony in the country. -MalaysiaGazette