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KUALA LUMPUR – Police raided offices of news portal Malaysiakini, and English daily The Star over their reports titled “Sudden Transfer MACC Prosecutor” and “MACC Prosecutor Shocked Sudden Transfer” they published respectively on Monday (Nov 2).

In their reports, they had mentioned that a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor (DPP) was transferred out of his division.

Kuala Lumpur CID chief SAC Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad said police had gone to the Malaysiakini’s office in Petaling Jaya at about 6pm yesterday after received a report on Tuesday (Nov 3).

“We received a report from an officer who’s working at Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), claiming that the articles have defamatory element.

“He also claimed that the reports tarnished the good name of AGC. He lodged the police report at the Putrajaya police station,” Zainuddin said.

Zainuddin added that police went to the Malaysiakini office with a team from Putrajaya CID and Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to investigate the article. During the raid, police seized a CPU.

“We also want to investigate the equipments used for the article and to identify the writers for the purpose of taking down their statements later,” Zainuddin said.

The case is being investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code for criminal defamation. – Agency

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