KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 2020: Barisan Nasional’s Pengerang member of parliament Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said has criticised the police investigation into a tweet by DAP’s Segambut member of parliament Hannah Yeoh concerning child marriage.
Azalina directed her criticism at Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin and Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
“It is bad precedent and (will) open ‘Unnecessary’ floodgates to question MPs/ADUNs for expressing their views on Twitter,” she said in a Tweet.
Azalina tagged Hamzah and Saifuddin in her Tweet.
The former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of laws had been on record as supporting the banning of child marriages.
On Tuesday, Yeoh, who is also a former deputy women, family and community development minister, said she had been called up by Bukit Aman over her tweet in which she expressed concern over the national roadmap to combat child marriage under the Perikatan Nasional government.
Her tweet, dated March 9, questioned what would happen to the roadmap under current minister in charge of her former portfolio, PAS’ Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff.
Police has confirmed that Yeoh is being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.