BUKIT MERTAJAM: Sixteen people, believed to be PKR Youth members, were arrested after they gathered in front of Politeknik Seberang Perai near here Thursday, ahead of the Prime Minister's arrival.
It was learnt that they gathered at the polytechnic to stage a flash mob before Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrives at around noon for a record-breaking "feast" with the rakyat.
Among those arrested were Penang PKR youth chief Asrol Sani Abdul Razak and Seberang Prai Municipal Council councillor Ong Jing Cheng.
Banners, were also seen at the entrance of the polytechnic and the vicinity, calling for the release of jailed Pakatan Harapan de facto leader Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim.
When contacted, Penang police chief Comm Datuk Wira Chuah Ghee Lye confirmed the arrests.
"We learnt that there was a group of people causing provocation there.
"However, we are still seeking confirmation if they are members of any political party," he said, adding that the group was taken to the Bukit Mertajam police headquarters.