Malaysia

‘Pak Habib’ freed on bail

November 30, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 — Author Syed Hussein Al-Attas who was detained this morning while selling his book, said to have insulted the Sultan of Johor, at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), the venue of the 66th Umno General Assembly, was later freed on bail.

Dang Wangi police chief, ACP Zainuddin Ahmad said the author, also known as Pak Habib, 71, was arrested at 11am and taken to the police operations room at PWTC for his statement to be taken.

"We freed him on bail at 4pm," he said when contacted by Bernama.

Police also seized 13 books written by Pak Habib, who is also the father of blogger and paranormal practitioner Syed Abdullah or Uncle Seekers, who, prior to this, was detained by police for allegedly slandering the Sultan of Johor on his blog www.uncleseekers.blogspot.com.

Zainuddin said police were investigating the case under Section 4(1)(C) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 502 of the Penal Code for distributing printed materials which were defamatory in nature.

"Whatever action will be taken after the investigation into the content of the book he wrote is completed," he said. — Bernama