Two organisers of a PKR ceramah in Tapah were arrested when they tried to negotiate with police over a ceramah. Police said they had not given a permit for the ceramah and claimed that they had received complaints.
The two were Perak state assembly member for Teja, Chang Lih Kang, and Tan Kah Hing, and they are being investigated under Section 27(3) of the Police Act for allegedly holding a public gathering without a permit. Leaflets and the PA system were also taken away.
Police had moved in while Sungai Siput MP Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj was speaking at the celebration held at a ‘taman’ to mark the release of the PSM 6. With a light strike force unit and a police van on standby, police gave the gathering 15 minutes to disperse.
According to a tweet by Kah Hing, a retired corporate figure based in Perak had earlier donated RM50000 to the PSM.
Lih Kang and Kah Hing were taken to the Tapah District Police Headquarters to have their statements recorded. Outside a small group gathered to chant “Bebas, bebas!” Police came out and arrested four of them – Nagen (PSM), Patrick Vincent (PSM), Appalasamy (DPPPas), and Chua Yee Ling (PKR Ulu Selangor councillor) – for allegedly disturbing the peace.
Jeyakumar lodged a report against the action while lawyer Baldip Singh arrived to assist those arrested.
The six were released on police bail just before midnight after their statements were taken and bail was processed. They will have to report to the station on 19 September 2011.
“These arrests are only going to make the people of Tapah upset,” Jeyakumar said when contacted.