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KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaganita executive director Irene Fernandez risks facing a probe under the Sedition Act for allegedly continuing to disparage and defame the country.
This follows an investigation paper opened by the police as a result of a report lodged two days ago, at the Dang Wangi police headquarters.
Two non-governmental organisations and the People's Vounteer Corps (Rela) made the report against Fernandez in connection with her claim that Bangladeshi workers were abused in the country, while foreign workers were harassed by the authorities.
Kuala Lumpur CID chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah said the police were now recording statements and studying reports on her statements to single out the alleged offences for the next course of action.
"It may be under the Sedition Act but we have to see first. We will also call her to give statements," he told reporters at the Travers police station here today.
Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin critisised Fernandez's continuing action to allegedly disparage and defame the country.
In her latest allegation, the Tenaganita chief had claimed that Bangladeshis were frequently harassed by the authorities in the country.
Earlier, in an interview with The Jakarta Post, she had alleged that Malaysian employers infringed the laws and were involved in corruption, apart from Rela's frequent threats on foreign workers.
Meanwhile, on a report that the office of Bersih chairman Datuk S. Ambiga was broken into last night, Ku said the police had only received the report about 11am.
"We will send a team of forensics officers to look for finger-prints and the investigations are currently underway," he said. -- BERNAMA