Malaysia investigates citizen for pro-Israel feedback – JURIST

Authorities in Malaysia have opened an investigation into an area man on Wednesday for expressing assist for diplomatic relations with Israel throughout an interview with an Israeli media character.

The Royal Malaysian Police confirmed in an announcement that 36-year-old Victor Yong has been taken into custody to assist of their probe below Part 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948, Part 505(b) of the Penal Code, and Part 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. The Johor Bahru Justice of the Peace Courtroom has granted permission for Victor to be remanded for questioning from December 6, 2023, till December 8, 2023.

Victor’s alleged offense stems from statements he made to Israeli social media influencer Hananya Naftali throughout a video call uploaded to platform X (previously often called Twitter). Throughout the interview with Hananya Naftali, Victor claimed that the Arab group has been actively spreading radical Arab terrorism in Malaysia, aiming to control the mindset of Malaysians and create animosity in direction of the Jewish state. He accused Hamas and Fatah of fueling hatred in opposition to Israel amongst Malaysians by the dissemination of false data on the web. Furthermore, Victor proposed that Malaysia ought to observe within the footsteps of Arab nations comparable to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates by establishing diplomatic relations with Israel. He advised the institution of an Israeli embassy in Malaysia, emphasizing that it could foster cultural trade and promote a greater understanding of the Jewish state.

Malaysia has no formal relations with Israel and sharpened criticism of the nation throughout latest Gaza clashes. Final month, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim strongly condemned Israel’s bombing of civilians in tweets rejecting “all types of terrorism.”

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