Former DAP member Hew Kuan Yau, or better known as “Superman”, has been remanded for four days over his Facebook post against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor.
Hew’s lawyer Chan Kheng Fai said his client was brought to the Kulai district police headquarters at 4.30am this morning, after he was arrested in Penang yesterday.
“The Kulai magistrate granted the police a four-day remand, which will end on Friday,” he told Malaysiakini.
According to Chan, his client has been on a hunger strike since yesterday.
He said the remand period was given on the grounds that the police needed time to record Hew’s statement, and to seek necessary information from a telecommunications company.
“The police would also have to visit Hew’s house to collect relevant evidence,” he added.
The lawyer also confirmed that Hew was under investigation over his Facebook post, which contrasted Disney's latest film “Beauty and the Beast” with Najib and his wife.
According to Chan, the police told the magistrate that a report was filed by a Kulai resident against Hew’s post.
As such, he said the police had to bring Hew to Kulai for further investigation, under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998.
Last July, Hew announced his resignation from DAP, with immediate effect, after brickbats were thrown his way for his Facebook posting that the South China Sea belonged to China.
His latest posting concerning Najib and Rosmah also courted flak from DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang, who described it as “vulgar, vituperative and vitriolic”.
However, Lim said this was not a crime and Hew, who once served as his political secretary, should not have been arrested.
During the Sarawak state election last year, Hew had landed in the spotlight over his remarks, where he reportedly told Chinese voters that electing DAP candidate Abdul Aziz Isa would lead to a “Melayu screw Melayu” situation.
Hew denied his remarks smacked of racism, arguing that he would not have asked Sarawakians to vote for a Malay candidate if he was racist.- Mkini