Harassing a potential witness is tantamount to contempt, says Ambiga

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Ambiga speaking at the Aliran dinner - Photograph: Lye Tuck-Po/Aliran

The police investigation on Ambiga Sreenevasan follows a concerted effort by parties linked with the claimant in the civil action in the UK to harass and intimidate her.

It has been reported in the Malaysian media that the police are investigating me under Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998 [MCMC Act 1998] pursuant to a police report lodged by Umno’s Zulkarnain Mahdar.

Legal views have already been expressed as to the inappropriateness of the police action. It is difficult to understand how a defence which mentions me, and is taken by a defendant to resist a defamation action filed voluntarily by a Malaysian politician in a London court (and thus protected by absolute privilege), can constitute a criminal offence in Malaysia.

I only wish to add that in my view this investigation follows a concerted effort by parties linked with the claimant in the civil action in the UK to harass and intimidate me in connection with the defence filed by the defendant.

There is also a lack of appreciation that harassing and intimidating a potential witness is viewed very seriously in any court and would be tantamount to contempt.

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