Petaling Jaya, Feb 11- The Facebook user, Man Namblast, who had described the Hindus as ‘syaitan’ or demons during the recent Thaipusam festival was nabbed by police yesterday.
The arrest was confirmed by Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Khalid Abu Bakar through his twitter account yesterday at 6.50pm from Kuching, Sarawak.
Khalid’s tweet reads: “Akhirnya Man Namblast yg muat kata2 berunsur hasutan semasa upacara Thaipusam tempoh hari berjaya ditangkap tadi,” which translates into: “Finally, Man Namblast who made seditious remarks during the Thaipusam festival has been arrested”.
However no further details were revealed by Khalid on the arrest.
Man Namblast (not his real name) had on Jan 17 posted a picture on his Facebook account with a caption that read: “Berpuluh ribu syaitan sedang berarak menaiki Bt Caves”, (in translation: tens of thousands of demons are marching up the stairs of Bt Caves)
Though the Facebook account was deactivated, a screen shot of the posting had gone viral on the social media and it enraged the Hindus here.
Hundreds of police reports were made against Man Namblast and also against another Facebook user called Mohd Hidayat, who defended Man Namblast’s posting.
In relation to this case, MIC Youth information chief C Sivarraajh will be holding a press conference tomorrow at the party headquarters.
“We will explain the current status of the case to the reporters,” he told FMT.
Last week, Sivarraajh offered a RM5,000 reward to anyone who can help identify and locate Man Namblast after the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission(MCMC) failed to track him down.
On the other hand, the police is still unable to track down Mohd Hidayat, though MIC’s Youth wing had provided his personal details to them, including his residential address.