JOHOR BARU: The Johor DAP Youth wing have lodged a police report against a group of police officers who allegedly forced them to sit at the police station until 3am on Oct 28 after one of the officials lost their video camera during a ceramah organised by the Opposition in Seri Alam here on Saturday night.
State DAP Youth Chief Tan Hong Pin said that he was unhappy with the policemen who forced the organising person of the ceramah, DAP member Leong Wai Sheng, and his team to wait at the police station for more than three hours without providing an explanation.
“The policeman who lost his video camera had actually left it on the stage unattended.
“The device was spotted by one of our speakers Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) coordinator Badrul Hisham Shaharin who then asked the crowd several times if the camera belonged to anyone,” he said during a press conference.
Tan said that no one claimed to own the device and Badrul Hisham then said that he would keep the video camera until the owner came forward.
“After the ceramah ended at around 12am, several plain clothes police officers then came up to us and said that their video camera was missing.
“They told us that we would have to be responsible for the loss of the device as we had organised the event,” he said adding that he quickly called Badrul Hisham who admitted that the device was with him but told Tan that he was already on his way back to Seremban.
Tan said that he then informed the police officers but they insisted that they wanted the video camera.
Tan added that after a long discussion, Badrul Hisham agreed to return the camera to the police station in Seremban but the officers were still unhappy with the suggestion.
“They kept on saying that we were responsible and told us that we would have to go to the Seri Alam police station for questioning.
“We cooperated although we did not do anything wrong but the police continued to ignore us when we asked them why we were being held,” he said.
He added that suddenly at around 3am, a police officer told the group of 33 Opposition members that they could go home.
Tan said that the whole group was annoyed at the irresponsible attitude of the policemen and he eventually lodged a police report on the matter at around 9.30am on Sunday at the Mutiara Rini police station.
“We hope that disciplinary action would be taken against the officers concerned,” he said.
Meanwhile, Seri Alam OCPD Supt Ruslan Zainuddin, when contacted, declined to comment on the matter.