KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — A former DAP member known by his moniker “Superman” was arrested today, reportedly over his Facebook post insulting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
News portal Free Malaysia Today reported Hew Kuan Yau was picked up by three plainclothes policemen at the Comic Cultural Museum in Komtar, Penang earlier this afternoon and taken to the Patani Road district police station.
“The policemen then came to his office, saying a person in Johor had lodged a police report against his FB post,” the museum manager Raymond Chong was quoted saying, adding that Hew was a curator there.
According to the report, Hew was represented by lawyer and Seri Delima assemblyman RSN Rayer who said his client will be taken to Johor Jaya where the complaint was made later tonight, to be investigated under the Communication and Multimedia Act (CMA)1998.
“Tomorrow morning, Hew will be then brought to the Johor Bahru Magistrate’s Court for a remand order application.
“They did not show us which offending posting was under investigation. We have only learnt that the originating report was made in Kulai, Johor,” Rayer was quoted saying.
According to the news report, Hew had made disparaging comparisons against Najib and Rosmah in a March 13 posting to the recent Disney movie remake of Beauty and The Beast.
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has also weighed in on the incident, after learning the police complaint was made by a Johor Jaya MCA branch member.
“I do not endorse Kuan Yaw’s language on his Facebook which is vulgar, vituperative and vitriotic [sic] but it is no crime, and definitely no basis to arrest him or to deploy scarce police resources against him,” the Gelang Patah MP said in a statement.