HAKAM Condemns Arrest & 3-Day Remand of Patrick Teoh; Calls for His Immediate Release – Statement dd 2/11/2020

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HAKAM condemns the unwarranted arrest and 3-day remand of local radio personality and actor Patrick Teoh by the Johor police for alleged insults against Crown Prince Tunku Ismail.

HAKAM is of the view that there is no basis to invoke the remand procedure primarily because Patrick Teoh had at all times cooperated with the police. HAKAM wishes to remind authorities to respect the right of personal liberty of the individual who has not yet been proven guilty guaranteed under the Federal Constitution.

This is particularly so when Patrick Teoh is 73 years of age and confining him for 3 days may pose a risk to his health amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

HAKAM is also gravely concerned on the chilling effect of such arrest and investigation on the freedom of expression in Malaysia. HAKAM reiterates its position that Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 is unconstitutional as it is worded in arbitrary, vague and can be easily abused by authorities to clamp down on any form of dissent in this country.

HAKAM therefore calls on the authorities to immediately secure the release of Patrick Teoh from police custody.

Lim Wei Jiet
HAKAM Secretary-General

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