Mat Sabu and Tian Chua picked up

  • Nation
  • Monday, 10 Dec 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) information chief Tian Chua were among eight people arrested yesterday for alleged involvement in the Bersih rally held last month. 

Mohamad, the former Kuala Kedah MP who is also a Bersih committee member, was picked up at 4pm after attending his daughter’s wedding reception near Sunway City in Tambun, Ipoh.  

He was escorted to Penang where he was arrested and later taken to Kuala Lumpur. 

Tian Chua was picked up at Taman Skudai Baru in Johor at 5pm. 

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said Mohamad and Tian Chua had been brought to the Kuala Lumpur City police headquarters and would be charged in court today with the others.  

Curious crowd: A large number of people gathering around a black Naza Ria at Sunway City in Ipoh at about 5pm on Sunday. Mohamad and his family members were believed to be in the vehicle.

Six others were picked up from various parts of the country, including Selangor. 

Musa said the court would decide whether to release them on bail or otherwise.  

Asked why only Tian Chua and Mohamad were arrested when other political figures were also involved, Musa replied: “Wait and see. I can’t say anything now.” 

Mohamad was travelling in a 10-car convoy comprising friends and family members when police stopped his vehicle.  

Perak CID chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Ismail Yatim said the PAS vice-president did not resist arrest but remained in his car for an hour.  

“He asked that we allow him to drop off his family members at their home in Kepala Batas, Penang, before arresting him,” SAC Ismail said. 

Three police cars escorted Mohamad and his family to Penang before the politician surrendered himself.  

On Nov 10, the Bersih coalition held an illegal rally at various parts of Kuala Lumpur calling for fair and just elections, before marching to Istana Negara to present a memorandum.  

The police had not granted a permit for the rally.  

In Penang, about 350 people gathered at Mohamad’s house in Guar Petai, Kepala Batas, after hearing that police would take him there.  

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