(File pix) Police are investigating two reports of allegedly slanderous statements made against Sungai Kandis by-election PKR candidate, Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni (pix), which have been widely shared on social media. Pix by Syarafiq Abd Samad

SHAH ALAM: Police are investigating two reports of allegedly slanderous statements made against Sungai Kandis by-election PKR candidate, Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni, which have been widely shared on social media.

Shah Alam police chief Assistant Commissioner Baharuddin Mat Taib said the reports were lodged by Zawawi at the Klang Selatan District Police Headquarters on July 31.

“No one has been arrested so far. Police are still probing the case. We have yet to obtain more details on the case.

“The reports were lodged in Klang. (Klang police) are investigating the case,” he told reporters when met at Seksyen 19 here today.

Baharuddin said Sungai Kandis by-election independent candidate and retiree Murthy Krishnasamy has also lodged a report in Klang over blackmail.

“He claims that several people had approached him (with criminal intentions),” Baharuddin added.

He stressed that despite the reports lodged, the by-election’s campaign period has been smooth, with no chaos or untoward incidents.

“The situation (has been) calm and peaceful throughout the campaign period. Police are, however, always prepared for any event,” he added.

Zawawi has urged the authorities to investigate the owner of the Facebook account Unit Media Wangsa Maju and the Twitter account @MHSBI1, which are alleged to have spread the slanderous statements.

He added that the widely-spread statements are baseless and deliberately created by irresponsible groups to taint his reputation.

The first police report was made against allegations that Zawawi supported a belly-dancing performance to collect donations for Tabung Harapan Malaysia.

The second report concerned an allegation that he misappropriated funds while serving at a school in Sungai Bertih, Klang in 1998.