Anwar Ibrahim

KUALA LUMPUR: Police will be recording a statement from Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim about a list of 121 MPs claimed to be supporting him to form a new government at Bukit Aman (Federal Police headquarters) today.

Bukit Aman (Federal Police) criminal investigation department (CID) director Datuk Huzir Mohamed said Bukit Aman’s Classified Criminal Investigations Unit (USJT) will be handling the case.

“Police are still carrying out investigations regarding the matter and Anwar has been asked to be present at Bukit Aman tomorrow (16 Oct) to give a statement,” he said in a statement here today.

He said that so far, 113 police reports had been received concerning the case.

He urged the people that in the interest of safeguarding the wellbeing and harmony of society, not to publish or circulate any statements, rumours or news that tend to lead to an atmosphere of disharmony, disunity or enmity that could affect public order and security.

He added that the case was being investigated under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Section 505(b) of the Penal Code penalises those who make remarks “with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the State or the public tranquillity.”

If found guilty, the accused may face prison up to two years, or with fine, or both.

Last Wednesday, a message had gone viral on the WhatsApp application that Anwar would be called to Bukit Aman at 3pm today to record a statement relating to the matter.

In response, Huzir had told Bernama that a date had not been fixed for the interview yet and with his statement, today provides more clarity on the issue.

Before that, Bernama had reported that the interview with the PKR (People’s Justice Party) president and MP for Port Dickson at Bukit Aman was scheduled for Oct 13 but was postponed to a date to be announced later.

Last Tuesday, Anwar Ibrahim had an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara to provide documentation to support his claim that he had majority MP support in the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives) to be Malaysia’s 9th prime minister.

He had announced the same at a press conference on Sept 23 and this was followed by a slew of police reports against him by MPs whose names were allegedly on the list but denied that they backed him. – Bernama