KUALA LUMPUR: A Muslim preacher was arrested and remanded for four days today as part of an investigation into a viral video clip featuring remarks deemed denigrating to Hinduism.
The 34-year-old independent religious speaker was nabbed in Arau, Perlis and will be detained until May 1, Bernama reported.
The arrest comes after 790 police reports were lodged nationwide over the 57-minute YouTube video in which the religious speaker makes several remarks judged to be insulting to aspects of the Hindu religion.
Police are also in the process of tracking down the YouTube account owner, Info Sunnah Kelantan, for uploading the blasphemous video.
“The case is being investigated under Section 298A of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity, or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will (and jeopardising) the maintenance of harmony or unity on the grounds of religion; and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (improper use of network facilities or network service),” acting Deputy Inspector General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador said in a statement released on Sunday night.
He advised members of the public not to misuse social media or other communications networks to upload or share any type of provocative material which could trigger racial or religious tension among the diverse communities of the country.