USM student arrested over death threat to PM
GEORGE TOWN, Jan 15 — A Universiti Sains Malaysia student was arrested today for allegedly threatening on Facebook to harm Datuk Seri Najib Razak using explosives, local news reports here said.
According to Star Online, a police report was first lodged at the Jelutong station here against the alleged threat, after an unidentified blog drew attention to it by posting a screenshot of the student’s Facebook status update.
In the offending message, the student was alleged to have written of plans to plant explosives in the helicopter that will transport the prime minister during an official visit to the university next week.
The report said message allegedly read, “najib is coming to our campus... let’s bomb his helicopter...”
Bernama Online reported that the arrest was corroborated by Penang police chief Datuk Ayub Yaakob, who said further information will be made available tomorrow.
Star Online quoted George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng as saying the 24-year-old undergraduate was brought to the district police headquarters for questioning at around 1.30pm today.
“Police are investigating the case under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation. He was earlier picked up at his campus in Nibong Tebal.
“The case is pending further investigations. We will announce if there is any development,” the daily reported Gan as saying.