KUCHING, September 14: A 32-year-old man who worked as a gym assistant has been remanded for four days from today to facilitate police investigation into a death threat against Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Sarawak CID chief SAC Denis Leong said the arrest of the suspect from Kota Samarahan was made following an investigation that began after a report was received in Miri pertaining to the threat that was made via a posting in Facebook on Sept 7.
“Initial investigation revealed that the threat could have been posted by the account holder residing in West Malaysia,” said Leong in a press statement.
“Upon further investigation, the CID from Kuching Police Headquarters (IPK) Sarawak managed to determine that the Facebook account was used by another individual residing in Sarawak.”
Leong said the suspect was so brazen that he even challenged the police to arrest him.
At about 4.30pm yesterday, a CID team from IPK Sarawak identified the suspect and successfully tracked him down in Kota Samarahan.
“A handphone was seized and the suspect’s lady companion and another individual were also called in to assist in the investigation. They were released soon after.
“At this moment, the motive points to jealousy. The suspect tried to put the Facebook account holder into trouble with the authority because of his constant communication with his lady companion,” said Leong.
The case is classified under Section 507 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. — DayakDaily