Day of arrests: Six political leaders, activists nabbed (Update)

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 06 May 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu (aka Mat Sabu) and PKR Youth leader Badrul Hisham Shahrin (aka Chegu Bard) were arrested here Wednesday afternoon, believed to be in relation to a planned gathering at the sitting of the Perak state assembly on Thursday.

It is learned that a third person, an unidentified political activist, was also arrested.

This follows three earlier arrests in Putrajaya.

The six arrests Wednesday come less than 24 hours after Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih) representative Wong Chin Huat was arrested for alleged sedition. He has been remanded until Friday.

In IPOH, Perak CPO Deputy Comm Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah confirmed that Mohamad was arrested at 3.15pm in Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur.

He said that Mohamad was detained under Section 27(5) of the Police Act for provoking people to hold illegal assemblies.

“I have already issued a warning to deter people from taking part or even planning any illegal assembly.

“He (Mat Sabu) has been encouraging people to gather in Perak because of the State Assembly sitting,” he said.

In KOTA BARU, PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa condemned the arrests, saying they were “a clear indication of a desperate move by the Barisan Nasional to stop the mammoth gathering” planned for Thursday in Ipoh.

In a statement to The Star, Husam urged for the immediate release of the detainees, saying “the credibility of the country, in the eyes of the world, is at stake.”

He also said that the Perak political imbroglio could be easily tackled if the mandate to choose the new government was left to the people.

In PUTRAJAYA, several protestors who wanted to present a cake and a letter to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak were arrested early Wednesday.

Mat Sani Mat Shah, 26, was the first to be arrested when he tried to grab the cake, which the police were taking away.

The other two — Saufi Mihad, 28, and Yashir Sheikh Abd Rahman, 26 — were taken away by the police when they tried to display a banner for pressmen to take photos.

Badrul Hisham was also present, saying the cake was supposed to be delivered to the Prime Minister in conjunction with the 31st birthday of murdered Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu.

OCPD Supt Abdul Razak Abdul Majid said the three were arrested for illegal gathering.

“We are still investigating the case and we are allowed to remand them for 48 hours until Thursday,” he said.

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