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Saturday August 17, 2013 MYT 7:44:49 AM
PETALING JAYA: Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, who was called in for questioning at the district police station yesterday in relation of some allegedly seditious remark, said it was “a ridiculous exercise” by the police.
“The police are supposed to focus on ending the spate of shootings,” she said, adding that she was unsure whether she was being questioned as a witness or as a suspect in relation to the utterance of allegedly seditious remarks during a Suaram fund-raising event.
Suaram secretariat member Cynthia Gabriel was also called to give a statement on Aug 8, two weeks after the dinner which was held to raise funds for the inquiry in France over the Scorpene submarine purchase by the Malaysian navy.
Meanwhile, lawyer for the late private investigator P. Balasubramaniam, Americk Singh was also questioned regarding his speech at the dinner.
When contacted, Americk said that he was unsure of the reason behind the questioning.
Meanwhile, Suaram had released a press statement condemning the questioning of Nurul Izzah and Americk.
When contacted, Petaling Jaya deputy OCPD Supt Fadil Marsus said the questioning was a normal procedure to support investigations.
“Police are not out to make anyone a suspect,” he said.
In the statement, Suaram executive director Nalini Elumalai said since the interview with Cynthia Gabriel more then a week ago, the police had not shown proof of any seditious remarks during the speeches, or at any other point during the dinner.
“Suaram strongly condemns the ongoing harassment against its members, as well as those who attended the dinner.
“We strongly believe that this investigation is politically motivated and is purely a form of harassment and intimidation against Suaram and its members for exposing information related to the ongoing Scorpene case in the French court,” she said.
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