KUALA LUMPUR: Police are investigating Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi over his tweet on the death of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Dr Haron Din.
Speaking at a press conference at Bukit Aman, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar urged the DAP MP to surrender himself to avoid problems.
“If he wants it to be easy, he better surrender quickly.
“Or else we will find him,” he said on Monday.
On Friday, Ooi re-tweeted a post with the words “Adios Harun Din. Let there be peace” soon after Dr Haron’s passing.
The tweet drew criticism from Malaysians.
PAS Youth has since lodged a police report in Kuala Lumpur urging Ooi to apologise to Dr Haron’s family while his own party, DAP, has also distanced itself from the comment.
Dr Haron, 76, passed away due to heart complications at a hospital in the United States on Friday.
Police have arrested two men in Selangor and are in the process of arresting another individual in Perak to facilitate investigations under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
Khalid urged politicians to exercise caution before making comments that might be deemed offensive.
“I advise politicians like Jeff Ooi to be careful when making any statement. Think ten times before posting comments that might offend other races or religions.
“When a community leader or Member of Parliament makes such comments, his followers will emulate him without considering the feelings of others.
“We get scolded, saying that police should focus on crime. But we also have to take care of matters like this.
“Which is more important? Religious disputes in this multiracial country or other things?” said Khalid.