KUALA LUMPUR — Dec. 13, 2017: Police today recorded a statement from former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad over his remarks allegedly referring to the Bugis community as pirates.
Four police officers from the federal police headquarters at Bukit Aman went to Mahathir’s office at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya for this prupose.
DAP member and former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim came to Bukit Aman to give a statement over his remarks on Twitter on December 5. He was there for about 30 minutes.
Zaid told reporters later that the investigation was on his tweets which were his personal views.
Bernama reported Mahathir’s lawyer, Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, as saying that 32 questions were asked during the 45-minute session.
Mahathir gave his full cooperation and answered every question except those he was cautioned to answer in court if he was to be charged.
According to Haniff, he was told the statement followed three police reports and that the case was being investigated under the Sedition Act, Penal Code and the Communications and Multimedia Act.
Mahathir, when speaking at an assembly organised by opposition parties in Petaling Jaya on October 14, had allegedly tried to link Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as possibly being a descendant of Bugis pirates.
Zaid said he was nevertheless satisfied with the investigation and would just wait for the outcome.
He had disputed a statement by the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah over remarks made by Mahathir about the Bugis community.