PETALING JAYA – Former Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng was questioned by police officers from Putrajaya in Penang today over his Facebook post questioning Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s son’s “expensive” Givenchy designer jacket worn during a flight to Australia not long ago.
According to Kwong Wah Yit Poh, the former PKR MP was ordered to surrender his mobile phone after his statement was taken down at the Tanjung Tokong police station from 10.30am till noon today.
The Facebook post in question was Tan’s response to a picture posted by a netizen praising Lim and his family for travelling economy class on a flight to Australia.
However, Tan said Lim’s son Clint was wearing a £887 (RM4,700) Givenchy track jacket in that same picture and went on to question how he could afford one.
Tan, 46, also claimed the investigation officer refused to show the recorded statement to him to ensure its veracity, as allowed under Section 112 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
Tan was told by the investigating police officer that the complainant “was from Putrajaya” and the complaint was on his Facebook post concerning Lim’s son.
He said such a report against him was unreasonable as he had not insulted or defamed Lim’s son, the report said.
Tan, who was MP from 2008 to 2013, was previously visited by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on Dec 20, which he said was a response to his Facebook post on Lim’s son.
He took to Facebook, saying it was a form of “political persecution”.
MCMC, however, said it visited Tan’s house over the use of a non-compliant cordless phone, which it claimed was causing signal interference in his housing area.
Tan quit PKR in 2010 to become an independent MP.
He stood in the 14th general election as an independent under the key symbol and garnered 331 votes. The seat was won by PKR’s Mansor Othman with a majority of 15,817 votes.