Cops to quiz blogger over Al Jazeera interview

Andrew Ong | Dec 7, 07

The police will question popular blogger Jeff Ooi on Monday over comments he made in an interview with satellite TV news channel Al Jazeera on the Nov 10 Bersih rally.

When contacted, Ooi said an officer from the federal commercial crime investigation department (CCID) informed him of the matter via telephone today.
The investigations were based on a police report lodged by the Malaysian Islamic Consumers Association (PPIM), Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma) and Pertubuhan Seni Silat Ikatan Kalam Malaysia (Pikum) on Nov 17.
In their police report, the groups alleged that Ooi’s comments to Al Jazeera were seditious, caused racial tensions and tarnished the image of the country.
According to a news report, Ooi allegedly made false statements to Al Jazeera in stating that the police used unnecessary force to disperse those who took part in the rally.

Not surprised

Ooi would have to appear at the CCID headquarters in Bukit Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, on Monday afternoon to have his statement recorded.
However, the blogger is not surprised by the latest development. “The authorities tend to be more responsive to such matters rather than protecting the citizens,” he said.
On Nov 10, Ooi appeared on Al Jazeera to provide live commentary on the rally organised by the opposition-backed Bersih (Coalition for Free and Fair Elections).
Following this, Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin went on air on the same programme to lambast Al Jazeera for exaggerating the facts.
The Bersih rally saw some 40,000 people taking to the streets to call for free and fair elections. They also submitted a memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.