Dr Jeyakumar has asked the authorities to “charge me or release me; otherwise I will go on a hunger strike while in detention”.
This was revealed by PSM Central Committee Rani Rasiah, also wife of Dr Jeyakumar, this afternoon. Rani had met Kumar at 11.00am yesterday.
Rani stated that the family don’t want Kumar to go through with the hunger strike out of concern for his health, but “knowing him, once he says something he will go through with it”.
Rani could not confirm whether the other detainees would follow suit.
Meanwhile, Sungai Siput PSM committee member K Shanthi said that several other PSM branches indicated they too would join in the hunger strike in solidarity with Kumar. As at 3.00pm the Jelapang branch said they were waiting for representatives from other PSM branches, Sg Siput, Chemor, Bercham, Tanjong Malim and other areas to meet and determine their course of action. Rani described the party members’ desire to join in the hunger strike as a “Solidarity Hunger Strike”.
Party leaders are now at the gates of Bukit Aman to check on Kumar’s situation. The party has just tweeted that lawyers have so far been denied access to meet the detainees tomorrow.
Rani’s press release below:
Reporting and photos courtesy of a source.