Abdullah Saidol lodges police report over defamatory posting

Abdullah showing the police report.

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SIBU, Dec 21: Semop assemblyman Abdullah Saidol has on Friday (Dec 20) lodged a police report against a Facebook account owner for a defamatory posting which he alleged could be referring to him.

Sibu District police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said Abdullah filed the report at 5.27pm after he saw the posting on a Facebook page at 3pm.

“He read out the posting by the owner of the Facebook account ‘Manan Eppik Pulau’.

“In filing the police report, he is seeking the Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to investigate,” he added.

The statement posted to the Facebook page alleged that landowners in Batang Paloh and Batang Lassa bridge projects had received compensation but the “YB” did not want people in Jalan Sedi-Sebako to take compensation.

The posting made at about 9.35am on Friday (Dec 20), in Sarawak Malay language read: “Pemunya Tanah di Tapak Pembinaan Jambatan Btg Paloh dan Btg Lassa dapat pampasan tapi jalan Sedi-Sebako YB nak penduduk tak payah ambik pampasan… pelik tak pelik.”

The post also claimed that the acquisition of the land was done in April 30, 2018 and the road project was expected to be completed on Oct 29, 2019.

It further questioned: “Has the road project been completed? Don’t be angry as am asking only.”

Stanley said even though the posting did not name any specific people’s representative, Abdullah, who is also the Assistant Minister in Chief Minister’s Department (Corporate Affairs and Sarawak Public Communications Unit), claimed that the posting was referring to him as he is the assemblyman of the area where the bridge and road projects were located.

“The complainant felt that the statement was not true and has no basis. He also claimed that he does not know the owner of the Facebook account but believe that it was a false account,” he added.— DayakDaily