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Police investigating Facebook posting insulting Prophet Muhammad

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Police have opened an investigation paper over a comment on social media that had allegedly insulted Prophet Muhammad and Islam.

Screenshots of the offensive comments were believed to have been taken by a Facebook user from Pontian, Johor, and had been circulating online since yesterday.

Iskandar Puteri acting police chief Superintendent Ibrahim Mat Som said the police had received a report on the matter two days ago, and said they had recorded the statement of the complainant.

"An investigation paper has been opened under Section 298A of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum prison sentence of five years upon conviction.

"The case is also being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

"However, I advise all parties to remain calm and allow the authorities to conduct their investigation and take further action.

"The public is also advised not to upload any posts on any social media platform that may provoke or threaten public safety, especially involving religious, racial, and royal issues (3R)," he said when contacted by Berita Harian today.

Screenshots of the comments which insulted Prophet Muhammad and Islam had been shared by netizens on several community pages, eliciting negative reactions among netizens.

Netizens also asked police to take firm action against the account owner for inciting extreme provocation.

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