4 December 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waytha Moorthy will be investigated for sedition over statements that he made following the fracas at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in USJ25 recently, says Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
Fuzi said the minister, who is in charge of unity and social wellbeing, would also be investigated for another offence but he did not elaborate further.
Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who was present at the press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters, confirmed that Waytha would be called to give a statement.
Waytha is expected to give a statement to the police this evening.
Waytha had been among four Cabinet members who had initially denounced the statement by the Subang Jaya police, on the early morning scuffle at the temple as “false and irresponsible”.
The others were M Kulasegaran, Xavier Jayakumar, Gobind Singh Deo and deputy minister R Sivarasa.
They said it was regrettable that the Subang Jaya police had described the incident as a fight between two Indian groups.
Waytha also noted questions over why only a single patrol car from the police force arrived at the scene at 4.15am while the Federal Reserve Unit only arrived at 6am.
However, he later lauded the police for exhibiting the highest level of professionalism in handling the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple issue.
He also congratulated Fuzi over the quick action by police in bringing normalcy at the vicinity of the temple.
KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waytha Moorthy is now in Bukit Aman to give a statement to police here.
He entered the police headquarters in a white Toyota Camry and waved at reporters camped outside before heading in.
Waytha is expected to give a statement over comments made in the wake of the riots at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.
Bukit Aman CID will record his statement.
Waytha Moorthy is among nine individuals required by police to have their statements recorded over recent comments that are said to have sparked racial tensions.