The police have recorded the statement of former minister in the Prime Minister's Department Zaid Ibrahim concerning his remarks on a social media post dated Aug 30 on Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's discharge not amounting to an acquittal.
Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zin said the police took some time before calling Zaid to record his statement because they needed to confirm a few things first.
"We needed to confirm first that the account really belongs to him. That's why it took some time for us to call him," he said in a press conference at Bukit Aman in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Shuhaily said the investigation against Zaid was being conducted under Section 223 of the Sedition Act.
Earlier, the police also recorded former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s statement over allegedly racist remarks during the Simpang Jeram by-election campaign in Johor.
Muhyiddin's statement was recorded at his office at the Malaysian Development and Investment Board building in Kuala Lumpur.
Shuhaily said both Zaid and Muhyiddin had extended their full cooperation to the police.
"They answered all of the questions. The police will investigate, and the investigation papers will be sent to the Attorney-General's Chamber (AGC) for further action," he said.
On the gathering which he said was held without a permit in the federal capital last Saturday, he said the investigation papers on the matter would be sent to the AGC on Sept 22.
Three investigation papers had been opened on the gathering, involving 29 people. The investigation was conducted under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and Section 505 of the Penal Code, he added.