Police have opened an investigation into Abdul Hadi Awang over remarks by the PAS leader against Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, under laws pertaining to criminal insult as well as online content that were once used against Pakatan Harapan (PH) critics of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
Bukit Aman police confirmed receiving police reports on accusations of Anwar's alleged links to Israeli agents.
They said Hadi was being investigated under Section 504 and Section 500 of the Penal Code for intentional insult to defame a person, as well as Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which deals with online content that is "obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character".
This comes a day after Anwar directed the police to act against those spreading "slanderous" statements against him, including a claim that he is an Israeli agent, as said by PKR information chief Fahmi Fadzil.
Hadi had earlier stated his willingness to be investigated by the police following repeated warnings by Fahmi and other PH leaders.
"Go on and lodge a police report. I am willing to go to Bukit Aman, it's alright," Hadi was quoted by Malaysiakini as saying.
The investigation against Hadi came on the same day that Perikatan Nasional's candidate for the upcoming Padang Serai polls, Azman Nasrudin, was questioned by police.
Azman had earlier made remarks mocking BN and PH's cooperation to form the new federal government.