Malaysia police summon Anwar Ibrahim over list of supporters for PM bid
April 20, 2021
Asia

Malaysia police summon Anwar Ibrahim over list of supporters for premiership bid

KUALA LUMPUR (MALAYSIA) – Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been summoned by Malaysian police to provide assistance to probes into a viral list of federal parliamentarians who allegedly backed his bid to claim premiership, said a senior official on Thursday.

Ibrahim had met King Al-Sultan Abdullah on Tuesday in a bid to demonstrate he has a “convincing” majority in parliament to replace Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and form a new government.

A complaint was filed with the police about a list of 121 parliamentarians supporting his bid to become prime minister and the opposition leader was told to give a statement on Friday. The list went viral on social media platforms and invited severe criticism, said criminal investigation department director Huzir Mohamed in a statement.

“To date, a total of 113 police reports have been received,” Huzir said.

Huzir said probes are being conducted under the penal code and a separate multimedia law, which covers statements causing public mischief or harassment.

Such offences invite a punishment of a jail term of up to two years and fines.

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