Zunar remanded for a day

GEORGE TOWN: The magistrate court has granted police a one-day remand for political cartoonist Zunar (pix) who is currently detained by it for insulting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Police had earlier requested for four days of remand to facilitate investigations but the senior assistant registrar Mohd Harith Mohd Razlan only gave one day.

Northeast district police chief ACP Mior Faridalatrash Wahid said the remand order was allowed by the court this morning after the cartoonist was detained by police on Saturday..

Zunar, whose real name is Zulkifli SM Anwarul Haque,was detained under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948 for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace under the Penal Code.

Zunar's counsel Ramkarpal Singh is expecting his client to be released upon recording his statement as he has been cooperating with the police.

The exhibition on Friday at Komtar was disrupted in the afternoon by a group who deemed the exhibition as an insult to the premier.

The group was led by Penang Umno Youth chief Rafizal Abdul Rahim and Gabungan Perwakilan Melayu Pulau Pinang chair Rizuad Mohd Azudin and they subsequently lodged a police report.

Ramkarpal urged police to look into the actions by Penang Umno Youth members who stormed into the cartoonist's exhibition.

"I think it is in the public knowledge that intruders have trespassed into his exhibition. They do not need a police report before they take any action," he added.