Activist cries foul over his detention

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 10 May 2009

GEORGE TOWN: A social activist, who was arrested after a Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) candlelight vigil over the Perak imbroglio, is crying foul over his detention.

Ng Eng Kiat, 25, claimed he had to wait more than three hours before his statement was taken and that he was crammed into a police lock-up with 15 other detainees.

“There was insufficient sleeping space,” he told a press conference at Suaram’s office in Sungai Dua yesterday.

Ng said he was brought to the George Town district police headquarters in Patani Road here at 10.15pm but had his statement taken only at 2am. “I could have been mentally unfit to answer questions at that hour,” he added.

He said he was being investigated under Section 143 of the Penal Code for taking part in an unlawful assembly and under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act for allegedly making a seditious speech.

Ng, who was released on police bail at 1pm on Friday, said police did not tell him what words he uttered were deemed seditious.

He said if his speech was deemed seditious, police should have arrested him on the spot and not waited until the end of the vigil, which was attended by about 60 people.

Penang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Ayub Yaakob said organisers of the vigil had broken the law as they did not apply for a permit to hold the gathering.

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