Cops want to talk to Azmin Ali over a chaotic ceramah

  • Nation
  • Monday, 28 Mar 2011

SHAH ALAM: Police have sent notices requesting PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and two others to help them investigate the chaos at a ceramah by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at Taman Melawati on Friday night.

PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, however, criticised the police for its “over the top” approach used in handing a notice to him.

The Gombak MP and Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman said three police cars waited outside his house for three hours, which he said was “trespassing” and “acting beyond limits”.

The officers were believed to have gone there to serve a notice to him requesting for his assistance in investigations regarding the chaos at the Friday night ceramah.

He claimed that the policemen, in one patrol car and two private cars, had, on Sunday night, stationed themselves in front of his house from10pm to 1am.

“It is okay for them to come to my house and give me the notice but not to wait there till the wee hours,” he told reporters Monday on the first day of the state assembly sitting.

He, instead, urged for the police to be more professional in handling the matter.

“My lawyers will look into this as I am not happy with the way the Ampang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Jalil Hassan handled the matter,” he said.

Batu Caves assemblyman Amirudin Shari and Hulu Kelang assemblyman Saari Sungib were also among those who received the notice on Sunday.

Amiruddin said the notice had asked them to go to the Ampang district police headquarters to assist in investigations.

“We had applied for a police permit but it was rejected. But the ceramah was on private land, which is managed by the Gombak MP'sservice centre, so we actually did not need to have a permit,” he said.

He said the police agreed to give them about 30 minutes to wrap up after the ceramah started, and gave an extension of another 15 minutes when Anwar showed up to speak.

“But as Anwar was wrapping up, the police barged in with their shields, causing a scuffle that agitated the crowd of more than 3,000 people, who were seated on the ground,” he said.

He added that he received his notice at 2am on Monday, and would fully cooperate with the police.

Saari also confirmed that he received the police notice, saying that he had informed them he would not be able to make it Monday as he had to attend the first day of the sitting.

“I told the police on Sunday that I would go to the Ampang police station tomorrow (Tuesday) or Wednesday,” he said.

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