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Six scientists, public health officials and experts have been enlisted to an International Advisory Panel set up by the Penang Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Radiation Protection Alliance.

They are:

  • Dr Gerd Oberfeld, adviser for environmental medicine of the Austrian Medical Association
  • Olle Johansson, associate professor, head of the Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm
  • Dr David Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany, Rensselaer, NY, United States
  • Dr Carlos Sosa, physician and surgeon in Medellin, Columbia
  • Eileen O’Connor, Trustee of the Radiation Research Trust, UK
  • Alex Swinkels, National Platform on Radiation Risks, Netherlands and Board Member, International EMF Alliance

The Penang EMF Protection Alliance has also become the first group in Asia to join the International EMF Alliance.

The Penang group wants the state government to abide by the precautionary principle in the legalisation process of telco towers. Of the 849 telco structures on the island, 466 are without licences.

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The Perak State Assembly sitting today ended in chaos after Ganesan ordered Nizar out. Nizar refused to budge and all the Pakatan reps then staged a walk out.

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Police personnel comprising special civilians, plainclothes police, and light strike force units are mobilising around the State Secretariat building in Ipoh, according to ousted Perak Mentri Besar Nizar Jamaluddin.

Goodness, what’s happening?

Oh, it’s just another sitting of the Perak State Assembly, scheduled for tomorrow. – Photo of previous sitting by Kinta Kid

An impromptu anti-ISA vigil was held last night outside the Jelutong Police Station in Penang for a good half an hour after the one planned at the Speakers’ Square was disrupted.

1250: Shu Shi, who is now attached to women’s group Awam, has been charged under the Police Act in connection with an incident at a police station in Penang in 2008. The former Suaram Penang coordinator will have to appear in court on 16 August. Her NGO colleagues are now in the process of posting bail of RM500 for her.

1140: Activist Lau Shu Shi is still waiting in court with her lawyer. The other four arrested last night in Penang and released on police bail will have to turn up at the police station on 14 August to find out if charges will be pressed.

0200: Earlier last night, a group of pro-ISA rowdies infiltrated the crowd attending the planned vigil at the Esplanade leading to some scuffling and shoving.

But it was only those anti-ISA activists at the vigil who were arrested: Suaram Penang coordinator Jing Cheng, PSM’s Chon Kai, Pekerja Tanjung activist Kris Khaira and lawyer Darshan Singh were taken away in a truck to the Jelutong Police Station.

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2120: Roads to the sea-front near the Esplanade in Penang have been sealed off by police.

2110: Activists Kris Khaira and Chon Kai and lawyer Darshan Singh have been arrested at the Speakers Square in Penang. They are now in a truck at the Esplanade and more could be arrested. The cops outnumber the protesters.

Over in PJ, half a dozen people are believed to have been arrested around Amcorp Mall and the stand-off with police continues.

2018: Riot police have moved in to break up the vigil at the Amcorp Mall attended by several hundred people. A crowd of about 200 people moved into the mall to take refuge. Tian Chua says the police had used force against the people without waiting for organisers to negotiate and they want to arrest him as well.

The crowd are singing Negaruku. Malaysian Insider tweeted that two people have been arrested.